NHS future precarious, says regulator

From BBC - October 9, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is "straining at the seams" and faces a "precarious" future.

The England's regulator's annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses.

It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop.

Health Minister Philip Dunne suggested that extra money for social care, mental health and A&E was enough.

"With record funding and more doctors and nurses, the NHS was recently judged the best healthcare system in the world, despite the pressures from increasing demand," he said.

In its report, the CQC highlighted:

The CQC's report - its yearly round-up on the state of the sector - comes after it completed its new inspection regime of hospitals, mental health units and care services.

'Quality will fall'


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