Care centres 'substandard'

Nearly half of 145 hospitals and care homes providing care for people with learning difficulties inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) do not meet required standards in terms of care, welfare and abuse, a report has found.

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Independent services 'twice as likely to fail vulnerable patients'

  • Independent services were twice as likely (33% compliant) to fail to meet these standards as NHS providers (68% compliant).
  • Some assessment and treatment services admit patients to care for disproportionately long periods of time and discharge arrangements take too long to arrange.
  • Of the 145 locations inspected, 69 failed to meet one or both standards and 35 failed on both standards.
  • There were minor concerns over the locations that met both standards and only 35 fully met both standards with no concerns
  • The locations were made up of 68 NHS assessment, treatment and secure services, including two residential care homes, while 45 were independent assessment, treatment and secure services.
  • There were also 32 residential care homes included in the report.

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