Sustainability of older people’s social care at risk

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently highlighted that the ‘sustainability of the adult social care market is approaching a tipping point’.

Normandie Wragg, Chief Executive of Nugent (CSAN member charity), commented:

“We at Nugent concur with David Behan, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), that the current problems faced by care providers such as ourselves are putting a strain on our ability to sustain high standards of quality across our services.

“Council funding for adult social care has fallen by as much as 30% since 2010 in some areas. Cuts to local government funding, together with increasing demand as the population ages, rising costs as a result of higher regulatory standards and the introduction of the “national living wage” are having an impact on provision which is being reduced through closures and shortfalls in funding.

“This is having a knock on effect and impacting on the NHS as pressure on beds rises due to older people’s access to care being reduced.”

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