New report suggests one in three care homes in the UK are failing safety checks

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iStock_000016132671XSmallOne three nursing homes have been branded as failing after an official inspection by the care watchdog. The government’s care minister has called the dire situation “completely unacceptable” as the care home crisis worsens.

The Care Quality Commission said that of 4,000 nursing homes, which care for the most vulnerable people at the end of their lives, 32% have been rated inadequate or requires improvement and 37% have been told they must improve safety.

The news means that thousands of vulnerable people are at risk of failing to receive the right medication, being left to go hungry, and being ignored when they ask for help according to the CQC.

Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price said: “While this report shows that the vast majority of people receive ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ adult social care, it is completely unacceptable that standards in some settings are below those rightly expected bycare users and their families.

“That’s why we have introduced tougher inspections of care services, provided an additional £2bn to the sector, and later this year we will be consulting on the future of social care in this country to put it on a stable footing for the future.”

Shadow Health Minister, Barbara Keeley, said: “This report confirms that the social care funding crisis caused by this Government is now seriously affecting the quality of care across the country.

“Behind these statistics are thousands of vulnerable adults failing to get the medicines they have been prescribed, being ignored when they ask for help or having home visits missed.”

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