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Quality of care is under threat, and services “straining at the seams,” warns CQC

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 10 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4672
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The quality of health and care services in England is holding up but looks increasingly precarious in a system that is “straining at the seams,” the Care Quality Commission has warned.

In its annual State of Care report for 2017 the regulator said that most health and care providers in England were continuing to provide good quality care, thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and leaders.1 But it warned that the challenges associated with caring for an ageing population with increasingly complex medical needs had left the system struggling, with an estimated one in eight older people not getting the help they …

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