Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care including the Quality Care Campaign, has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) State of Care report published last week.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “CQC’s report makes it clear there is no room for complacency.
“It recognises that tipping point has been reached for some people who are getting the care they need; however, the fortunes for next year are ominous.”
The CQC’s report is an annual assessment of health and social care in England and looks at trends, examples of good and outstanding care and highlights where care needs to improve.
Care England’s latest analysis identified over a third of councils will lose access to £739m ring fenced funding for adult social care due to exhausting their social care precept flexibility and the ending of the adult social care support grant.
“If health and social care really are hand in glove as the Government purports it is important to offer the same opportunities in terms of recruitment, retention and training to all staff whether in health or social care.
“Otherwise we are in danger of an integration lottery and this is all the more concerning with the perpetual winter pressures impacting on the acute services and beyond,” Professor Green said.
To read CQC’s report, click here.