According to a recent report from the Care Quality Commission the government needs to increase spending on NHS and social care services.
Sir David Behan, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has confirmed that the CQC’s report will be: “will be laid before Parliament and it is for Parliament to debate how they respond”.
He went on to say: “The future funding of adult social care, I think, is one of the unresolved policy issues. We have a system that is designed in the middle of the 20th Century which is struggling to accommodate the needs of the 21st century. We need a solution.
“Adult social care requires more funding and in relation to the NHS we need new ways of working and that change needs to be supported by finances.”
29,000 inspections led the CQC to the conclude that the majority of services are good or outstanding, but there are reservations over safety.
- 55% of NHS services are rated as “good”
- 78% of adult social care services are rated as “good”
- 67% of acute Trusts need patient safety improvements
- 66% of those NHS urgent and emergency services were deemed not safe enough
- 60% were deemed as “requiring improvement”
- 7% were labelled: “inadequate”
The government is planning a consultation on social care by the end of 2017, however the green paper may not be published until summer of 2018.