CQC reports on state of health and social care
In its second annual report to Parliament on the state of health care and adult social care in England the Care Quality Commission highlights improvements in the care system but says there are still some areas which have not improved fast enough, and stresses that it is vital that the advances already made become a key component of the newly emerging care system.
Later this year CQC says it will publish later this year a further report which looks at health and social care after registration under Health and Social Care Act 2008.
The current report shows that people have greater control over their care due to more choice in areas such as appointment times, choice of location of care and choice of providers. However, it notes that while more people had access to personalised services through direct payments or personal budgets, there is still a wide variation in progress across the country.
The Commission community mental health survey found that mental health services varied greatly in the extent to which they involve patients in planning their care and reviewing their treatment. CQC’s own Commissioners found that many services need to substantially improve their practices; a particular area of concern was that many detained patients who were certified as consenting to treatment, appeared to be refus