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Critical elderly care report

Elderly and vulnerable people in England are at risk of receiving "poor or unsafe care", the regulator has said. It has warned there was a culture in which the "unacceptable care becomes the norm".

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Report: NHS failing to meet most basic standards of care

  • The report found that one in ten NHS hospitals did not meet basic respect and dignity standards.
  • And at 15% of 2,500 nursing homes there was a lack of respectful care.
  • Inspectors noted that 20% of 1,362 nursing homes and residential care homes and 15% of 258 NHS hospitals failed to ensure that the people in their care were given the food and drink they need or helped them to eat or drink.
  • It found that 16% of 250 NHS hospitals did not have adequate staffing levels and a quarter of nursing homes failed to meet the CQC staff standards.
  • More than one in five NHS hospitals failed to meet standards in medicine management and 22% had poor record keeping, inspectors found.

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