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Hospital trust system to be extended to care homes

Published 16 July 2014

Jeremy Hunt is set to announce today (16 July) that hospital trusts that were put into special measures will be rolled out to include care homes and home-care services.

The process was introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) a year ago to 11 failing trusts. The ratings, based on a system first used in schools, give health and care services a rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Most hospital trusts have since made progress, although only five have been or are being taken out of special measures.

George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer's Society, said:

'We want to see improvements across all health and care settings. Four out of five people living in care homes have dementia and they deserve the best quality care and support. Poor providers should not be let off the hook and concerns must be adequately acted on. A special measures system should be part of a package of interventions aimed to bring all care providers to levels of the best'

Notes to editors:

  • One in three people over 65 will develop dementia
  • Alzheimer's Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer's disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
  • Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
  • Alzheimer's Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimers Society has a plan to deal with dementia. Help us support people to live well today and fight for a world without dementia tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
  • Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk