Social care ‘buckling under intense pressure’: The King’s Fund response to CQC State of Care report

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Commenting on the latest State of care report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Richard Murray, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: 
 
‘The CQC report provides yet more evidence of neglected social care services buckling under intense pressure that has built up over decades. 
 
‘It is abundantly clear that the social care system cannot continue in its current form and is failing the people who need it. As well as the impact that has on the quality of people’s lives, there is a knock-on impact on A&E departments, primary care and other health and care services. 
 
‘While the government’s commitment to bring forward funding reform is welcome, the sector is at breaking point now and needs an urgent cash injection at next week’s Comprehensive Spending Review to stabilise the sector and ensure people’s needs can be met.  
 
‘CQC are right to highlight the sustained pressures on staff right across the health and care system. Chronic staff shortages heap further pressures on those still working in health and care services, and the pandemic has exacerbated this vicious cycle. High staff vacancy rates are not a new phenomenon, yet despite pledges, promises and manifesto commitments, there is still no fully-funded workforce strategy to chart a path out of the staffing crisis.  
 
‘Staff have been tested to the limit by the pandemic and need to be better supported so they can provide the best possible care to their patients.’ 

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