The King's Fund responds to the CQC's State of Care 2017/18 report

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Responding to today’s State of Care report by the Care Quality Commission, Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:
 
'Struggling A&E departments are one symptom of a health and care system that can no longer cope.
 
'That the overall quality of the care provided has been maintained is testament to the effort and resilience of NHS and social care staff. However, today’s report lays bare the challenge of years of squeezed funding, compounded by significant workforce shortages and rising demand for services. This is taking a toll on access to health and social care and some people cannot get the services they need. 

'Joined-up services are the key to high quality care. The NHS long-term plan must include firm action and dedicated funding to change how health and care services are delivered, and the government’s long-awaited social care Green Paper must tackle the legacy of years of underfunding and workforce problems in social care.'

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