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NHS is pushed to the limit as adult social care system reaches “tipping point,” warns regulator

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5553 (Published 13 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5553
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The NHS is under extreme pressure as a result of serious problems in adult social care services, which are reaching a “tipping point,” a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.

The quality regulator’s State of Care report—its annual assessment of the quality of health and adult social care in England—was published on 13 October and said that 71% of the adult social care services that it had inspected were rated “good” and 1% were “outstanding.” 1 It said that 83% of the general practices inspected were “good” and 4% were “outstanding.”

Far less favourable results were reported for the acute sector, where only 51% of the core services provided by NHS acute hospital trusts were “good” and 5% were “outstanding.” …

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