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Hunt: 'Far too many' failing care homes

The Health Secretary has said there are "far too many" failing care homes.

Jeremy Hunt said that he would not want his mother, father or grandparents to live in a number of care facilities in England as he announced new measures to tackle failing care homes.

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

There are many excellent home care providers and many outstanding care homes in this country but there are still too many where I would personally not want my mother or my father or grandparents to live in.

The public have been really shocked by stories of abuse and neglect and we need to give the public confidence that when these things happen they will be spotted quickly and acted on.

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary.

Mr Gove said Ofsted-style ratings would be given to care homes and care services and those that are labelled 'inadequate' could be put into special measures or even shut down.

Read: 'Special measures' planned for all care homes.

Reaction after hospital told it remains in special measures

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has given its reaction to the announcement that it is to remain in special measures

Steve Hams, Chief Nurse, said: “Since the Keogh review last year, significant progress has and is being made in a number of areas to improve patient safety and experience.

"Forty-one of the 50 improvement actions in the Trust’s Keogh plan have been delivered, in addition we have 160 more nurses caring for our patients than we did 12 months ago, however there is still more to be done."


Kent hospital will remain in special measures

Inside Medway Hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

A hospital in Kent will remain in special measures, Health Secretary Jeemy Hunt has announced.

Mr Hunt told the House of Commons that most of the hospital trusts that were put into special measures a year ago have shown significant improvements.

However, Medway Hospital will remain in special measures because it has failed to substantially improve

From October more care services across England will now face a "tough" new inspection regime he said.

The services that are rated inadequate face being put into "special measures" and if they fail to make improvements following this they could be shut down, he will add.

Putting hospital trusts in special measures was a move introduced as part of the Government's response to the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Health Secretary quizzed on care pathway

We recently reported on the use of the controversial 'Liverpool Care Pathway' for terminally-ill patients in our hospitals. Some viewers responded to say loved-ones have been placed on the pathway - the withdrawal of medicine, food and fluids from patients - without proper notification.

But many see it as a necessity - palliative care easing pain and distress in the final days and hours of life. Today, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt faced questions about the use of the so-called death pathway when he visited a hospice in Kent. Sarah Saunders reports.

Hunt: £50m fund for dementia sufferers

Jeremy Hunt Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt will visit Eastbourne today and "commit to making England one of the best countries in Europe to be old" as he bids to put improving dementia care at the heart of his priorities as Health Secretary.

In his first major speech as the Secretary of State since the Conservative conference, he will tell local authority care chiefs they "must take the lead" in making a difference on dementia, party insiders said.

He will also announce a new £50million fund to invest in hospital wards and care homes that treat people with dementia.