Alzheimer's Society response to CQC report into the state of social care

The CQC has today released a report on the state of adult social care in England.

The report reveals a quarter of providers are not meeting safety standards, and a fifth are delivering care that puts people in danger.

Nicola O’Brien, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, commented in response:

'Alzheimer’s Society has persistently highlighted the urgent need to improve the quality of care for people with dementia. Twelve months after the last CQC report warned that we had reached a “tipping point”, the situation for hundreds of thousands of people with dementia is now even worse.

'It is disturbing that safety has been flagged as the biggest concern in care, when providers are caring for some of the most vulnerable adults in society. Too often we hear the consequences of inadequate care – our investigation last year revealed people with dementia left in soiled sheets, or becoming ill after eating out of date food, and that only a third of homecare workers have received dementia training, leaving families fearing for their loved ones.

'People with dementia deserve better. Without funding to put the right protocols in place, it’s no surprise that providers are being forced to cut corners. We need to see Government act before the care system collapses, with clear detail on consultation for reform that is backed up with action, not more words.'