RCN comments on CQC “State of Care” report

Published: 15 September 2011

For immediate release, Thursday 15th September 2011

RCN comments on CQC “State of Care” report

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today responded to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) annual report to parliament, The state of health care and adult social care in England.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN said:

“This report clearly shows the great effort nurses and other staff are putting in to make the NHS better under difficult circumstances. Infection rates are down once more, and patient perception has improved year on year. However, there are signs within this report which give cause for concern, especially in how quickly waiting times can start to rise when services feel the pinch. The NHS has come a long way from the days of long waits for surgery, treatment and admissions, and it would be a tragedy if this progress was lost.

“It’s also clear that demand is rising for community and social care, and some local authorities are tightening their criteria. We are very concerned that this could end up overburdening both community and hospital services.  In themselves, some of these changes may be small, but we are deeply concerned that the combination of efficiency savings, increased demand and reorganisation could amount to a perfect storm, jeopardising patient care in the near future.”


Notes for Editors

1. For further information, please contact the RCN Media Office on 020 7647 3633, press.office@rcn.org.uk or visit  http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/media
2. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations