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The Guardian highlights 7 per cent increase in inadequate dementia homes

One in five care homes in England is providing substandard care to dementia patients, the Guardian newspaper has reported.

Of 7,589 care homes registered by the CQC with a dementia specialism in December 153 are classed as “inadequate” and 1,483 as “requires improvement” – equating to 21 per cent of the total. Of the other ratings given for homes with a dementia specialism, 5,413 rated “good” and 307 “outstanding”. A further 232 had no rating.

According to the Guardian, since October, the number of care homes with a dementia specialism in England rated “inadequate” by the CQC has increased, from 143 to 153 (7 per cent) and care homes classed as “requires improvement” rose from 1,456 to 1,483 (1.8 per cent).

Judy Downey, the chair of charity the Relatives & Residents Association, said: “No amount of clapping or kind words on the overworked and underpaid workforce is a substitute for training and regular oversight. Unless and until the government commits to mandatory and accredited training and a proper career structure for care workers, nothing will change.”

In response to the Guardian, CQC deputy chief inspector Debbie Ivanova said: “We want to provide reassurance – firstly, that most providers are rated good or outstanding and secondly, that where we have concerns about care we will inspect and will act to protect people if necessary. If anyone has concerns about care, they should contact us.”

  • Ian Dilks OBE has been named as the preferred candidate for the next chair of CQC. Ian Dilks OBE, a chartered accountant is currently independent non-executive director and senior independent director at the financial services company Royal London. From March 2014 to December 2020 Dilks was chair of NHS Resolution.

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