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One in three councils see care home ratings decline in 12 months

Over a third of local authorities have seen a decline in Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings in care homes, according to a new study.

In a new study by Independent Age, it showed care homes’ ratings have declined in 37 per cent of local authorities, an increase on last year which showed care homes doing worse in 22 per cent of authorities.

There were 16 local authorities where between 25-40 per cent of care homes received ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ ratings.

Manchester topped the table with 44 per cent of care homes rated as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’.

Independent Age have said more than two and half million older people live in the 56 local authorities where care home ratings have deteriorated.

George McNamara, director of policy and influencing at Independent Age, said: “The Government continues to stand by and do nothing to address the quality of care suffered by older people.

“Care homes are failing to deliver even the bare minimum.”

The charity director also warned the upcoming social care green paper needed to be ‘bold and ambitious’ otherwise, ‘it would do little to address the crisis in care.’

The report has said the green paper and lack of funding are not the only contributors to poor outcomes for care homes. It states: “Care homes remain an overlook sector in public services. Data shows that we tolerate poor care home quality far more than failing GP surgeries or schools.”

The report figures were taken from data from January 2018-19.

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