Thousands of care home residents at risk of starvation

Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC chief inspector of adult social services.

More than 11,500 care home residents are not being properly fed or left without food and drink, CQC data has revealed.

The figures, which were revealed during a Parliamentary answer, show that 312 homes among 14,242 inspected by the CQC were in breach of basic food and hygiene standards, The Telegraph said.

Responding to the report, Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care, (pictured) said: “Nutrition and hydration are vital for people’s health and well-being and it is completely unacceptable for anyone’s needs not to be met.

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“Inspectors will always assess how well people are supported to maintain good nutrition and hydration in residential settings.  Where we find services are failing people in this way, we take action to ensure people’s needs are met.

“Our State of Care report showed that over 70% of adult social care services are currently rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, but we raised concerns about the variability of care and highlighted that hydration and nutrition is an area where we are having to take enforcement action against care homes rated as ‘inadequate’.

“My message is clear: If providers get this wrong then people’s quality of life is badly affected and in the worse cases, they can die.  We will use the powers available to us to secure improvement – and if providers will not or cannot improve – we will take action to remove them from the sector altogether.”

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