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Mental health bodies have raised concerns over revelations that thousands of mental health patients are being locked in "effectively institutionalised settings". A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has highlighted that a "surprising" number of patients are being cared for in "locked rehabilitation wards", with some patients spending more than…
Care home providers are making it too difficult for elderly people and their families to find the information they need to make an informed choice, according to a consumer watchdog. Which? said older people could potentially be hit with unexpected bills and tied into unfair contracts because of surprise charges…
A vulnerable female patient in respite care died after a nurse mistakenly binned a vital part of her breathing tube, an inquest heard. Emily Bushaway, who suffered with a rare neuro-degenerative disease, was left unable to breathe properly after a small section of her ventilator's "whisper valve" was discarded. Nurse…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have presented the latest findings from their inspection programme of adult social care. 'The State Of Adult Social Care Services 2014 to 2017' is the first time such focused analysis on a national scale has been possible, following the introduction of a new regulatory regime…
One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and home care services require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate. Almost 20,000 people are cared for…
Measures to tackle the bed-blocking crisis in hospitals will see councils working more closely with the NHS, Jeremy Hunt has said. The Health Secretary said the plans would ensure local authorities and NHS organisations "play their part" in tackling delayed discharges, which are often due to the lack of social…
More than 17,000 care homes, hospices and private hospitals have been told to check their fire safety procedures in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has written to care providers to remind them to review their fire safety processes "to ensure they are up…
A care home provider which failed persistently to comply with national standards regarding the employment of a registered manager has been fined £4,000 by the Care Quality Commission. CQC issued the fixed penalty notice to Epsom Lodge Care Homes Limited after inspectors found that a registered manager was not employed…
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