CQC report echoes RCN concerns
Published: 23 November 2012
The Royal College of Nursing said a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on care standards echoes its warnings about adequate staffing and skill mix in hospitals, and nursing and care homes.
The CQC’s State of Care report was based on the findings of more than 13,000 inspections in England and particularly highlighted issues around staffing and ensuring staff have the right skills to care for people with complex conditions.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “This supports what our members have long been telling us about a growing demand for nursing care in the face of reduced staff numbers and a dilution of skills.
“The report echoes the RCN’s warnings that not enough hospitals, nursing and care homes are adequately staffed and when coupled with the wrong mix of skills is having a real effect on patient care. Already too many are failing to meet the CQC’s standards and this will only increase if action is not taken to improve staffing levels.”
He added that the College hopes the report acts as a warning that cutting staff at a time when the country’s health care needs are becoming more complex is a recipe for disaster.