Vulnerable residents in a QUARTER of care homes in England ‘are receiving substandard care’

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A quarter of all care homes in England are providing substandard care for the elderly and disabled, a damning report suggests


Vulnerable residents in a QUARTER of care homes in England are receiving substandard care, damning report finds

  • More than 60 per cent of beds were deemed inadequate in Newham, London
  • In Manchester half of all beds ranked substandard by care quality watchdog
  • Families ‘no choice but to put vulnerable relatives in under-performing homes’

A quarter of all care homes in England are providing substandard care for the elderly and disabled, a damning report suggests.

The worst affected area is Newham in east London, where more than 60 per cent of beds are in homes deemed inadequate or requires improvement.

In Manchester, half of all beds are in settings which are considered substandard by the Care Quality Commission watchdog. 

The standard is only marginally better in Camden, north London, where 48 per cent of beds fall below par.

A quarter of all care homes in England are providing substandard care for the elderly and disabled, a damning report suggests

Across England, nearly one in four care home beds (23 per cent) are in homes which are considered to be failing their vulnerable residents, the BBC reports. 

Campaigners say the lack of quality care has left families with no choice but to accept an under-performing home for their older, and often disabled, relatives.

Other lagging areas include Tower Hamlets in east London where 47 per cent of care home beds are failing and Calderdale, West Yorkshire, at 46 per cent.

The percentage is 44 per cent in Luton in Bedfordshire, 43 per cent in Bexley, south-east London, 43 per cent in Hackney, east London, and 42 per cent in Liverpool. 

Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said: ‘It is unacceptable that some older people have no choice but to move into a care home that has been rated inadequate because it’s the only option available.

‘The sad truth is that following years of underfunding and neglect, the social care system has now more or less completely broken down in some parts of the country.’ 

The analysis was done by the think tank Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR). It accused some care home providers of ‘putting profits before people’. 

It found the picture was less bleak in other parts of the country including Southampton, Windsor and Maidenhead, Peterborough and Kingston in West London, where under 5 per cent of beds were deemed to be failing.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: ‘We expect everyone to be able to access high quality, safe and compassionate care – already 84 per cent of providers are rated good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

‘People who receive care and their families should be able to have confidence that their care provider has a sustainable future.

‘We have given local authorities an additional £1.5 billion for social care next year, on top of their existing grants, to continue to stabilise the sector.’

SHARE OF BEDS DEEMED INADEQUATE OR NEEDS IMPROVEMENT IN ENGLAND
Local authority name Share of beds (%)
Barking and Dagenham 28.30%
Barnet 19.80%
Barnsley 40.40%
Bath and North East Somerset 28.20%
Bedford 7.70%
Bexley 43.40%
Birmingham 19.80%
Blackburn with Darwen 26.20%
Blackpool 7.10%
Bolton 39.60%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 16.90%
Bracknell Forest 31.80%
Bradford 30.50%
Brent 13.20%
Brighton and Hove 16.70%
Bristol, City of 11.50%
Bromley 21.20%
Buckinghamshire 27.30%
Bury 19.90%
Calderdale 46.30%
Cambridgeshire 9.40%
Camden 48.30%
Central Bedfordshire 21.40%
Cheshire East 28.20%
Cheshire West and Chester 28.90%
Cornwall 17.10%
County Durham 15.00%
Coventry 31.00%
Croydon 21.50%
Cumbria 12.00%
Darlington 5.70%
Derby 8.80%
Derbyshire 22.00%
Devon 16.60%
Doncaster 19.40%
Dorset 12.60%
Dudley 24.80%
Ealing 42.10%
East Riding of Yorkshire 16.40%
East Sussex 20.10%
Enfield 18.50%
Essex 24.90%
Gateshead 25.00%
Gloucestershire 15.40%
Greenwich 21.40%
Hackney 43.10%
Halton 25.50%
Hammersmith and Fulham 23.00%
Hampshire 17.00%
Haringey 15.70%
Harrow 14.20%
Hartlepool 24.90%
Havering 12.30%
Herefordshire, County of 23.90%
Hertfordshire 21.50%
Hillingdon 35.20%
Hounslow 27.70%
Isle of Wight 29.90%
Islington 25.90%
Kensington and Chelsea 25.60%
Kent 29.80%
Kingston upon Hull, City of 32.70%
Kingston upon Thames 2.40%
Kirklees 38.40%
Knowsley 41.00%
Lambeth 26.50%
Lancashire 23.00%
Leeds 29.50%
Leicester 22.20%
Leicestershire 23.10%
Lewisham 17.70%
Lincolnshire 16.20%
Liverpool 42.20%
Luton 43.70%
Manchester 50.00%
Medway 17.80%
Merton 23.30%
Middlesbrough 41.80%
Milton Keynes 12.30%
Newcastle upon Tyne 27.00%
Newham 61.20%
Norfolk 29.00%
North East Lincolnshire 24.70%
North Lincolnshire 16.80%
North Somerset 32.00%
North Tyneside 15.90%
North Yorkshire 23.60%
Northamptonshire 22.50%
Northumberland 20.00%
Nottingham 26.70%
Nottinghamshire 28.50%
Oldham 19.60%
Oxfordshire 11.80%
Peterborough 2.50%
Plymouth 25.70%
Portsmouth 33.10%
Reading 32.60%
Redbridge 9.40%
Redcar and Cleveland 26.50%
Richmond upon Thames 5.20%
Rochdale 16.10%
Rotherham 26.20%
Rutland 12.30%
Salford 19.80%
Sandwell 16.60%
Sefton 18.20%
Sheffield 26.70%
Shropshire 11.90%
Slough 40.60%
Solihull 31.90%
Somerset 6.80%
South Gloucestershire 13.30%
South Tyneside 27.00%
Southampton 2.50%
Southend-on-Sea 21.40%
Southwark 41.70%
St. Helens 15.80%
Staffordshire 36.00%
Stockport 16.20%
Stockton-on-Tees 33.40%
Stoke-on-Trent 26.00%
Suffolk 11.10%
Sunderland 16.50%
Surrey 20.40%
Sutton 6.00%
Swindon 30.30%
Tameside 29.10%
Telford and Wrekin 17.70%
Thurrock 18.20%
Torbay 17.60%
Tower Hamlets 47.00%
Trafford 36.90%
Wakefield 35.00%
Walsall 35.80%
Waltham Forest 12.40%
Wandsworth 34.70%
Warrington 30.80%
Warwickshire 25.10%
West Berkshire 27.20%
West Sussex 30.30%
Westminster 34.10%
Wigan 23.90%
Wiltshire 33.10%
Windsor and Maidenhead 0.60%
Wirral 39.80%
Wokingham 10.00%
Wolverhampton 30.60%
Worcestershire 25.10%
York 15.00%



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