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One in four nursing homes failing inspections, research finds

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One in four nursing homes are failing CQC inspections, according to data published by the Labour Party.

Labour’s Social Care Minister Barbara Keeley blamed government cuts for the care failure that was worst in the north of England, where one in three homes were underperforming in the analysis of CQC data.

Ms Keeley told The Mirror: “Tory cuts are to blame. Care is facing a deep crisis because of the knock-on effect of the fall in NHS nurses and pitifully low pay in the social care sector, leading to unsafe levels of care.”

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The CQC data revealed that 1,122 nursing homes had failed inspections in England.

The Labour minister said the government “have chosen to balance the books on the backs of our most vulnerable adults by cutting the budgets of councils who provide social care, with devastating consequences for the dignity and safety of cared-for people.

“At the last election, Labour pledged to improve care quality by pledging an additional £8 billion for social care across the Parliament and make sure that all people who need care get a good standard of support whether at home or in a care home.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Everyone should have access to high quality, safe and compassionate care. We have provided local authorities with access to up to £3.6bn more dedicated funding for adult social care this year and up to £3.9bn for next year.

“83% of providers are rated as good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and we are working with the adult social care sector to implement Quality Matters – a shared commitment to take action to achieve high quality adult social care.”

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