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CQC Figures Reveal Increase in Serious Care Home Injuries

CQC-logoThere has been an alarming increase in the number of serious injuries reported by care homes in England according to data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and revealed by the Sunday Telegraph.

In total, almost 290,000 reports of serious injuries in non-NHS care homes have been reported to the CQC since October 2010, according to CQC data.

Serious injuries, which include deaths, have increased rapidly year on year, reaching a record high of 43,594 in 2018, almost twice the number recorded in 2011, when there were 23,709.

There have already been more than 14,600 reported injuries this year up to the start of April.

Charities, former ministers and MPs last night described the figures as “deeply disturbing” and “intolerable in a civilised society”.

Sir Norman Lamb, who served as health minister under the Tory-Liberal Democrats coalition government, called for an end to the “shameful scandal” which is the delay of the long-awaited social care green paper.

He said: “The truth is that the social care system is living on borrowed time with wholly inadequate resources to guarantee high quality care for all.

“The result is that we are witnessing too many failures of care. This is intolerable in a civilised society. “We must be judged by how we care for our most vulnerable citizens.”

Age UK director Caroline Abrahams said most care home providers were doing their best in a challenging environment.

“The reality is they are trying to navigate a perfect storm caused by cuts to local authority social care budgets and chronic workforce shortages,” she said.