Care of vulnerable and frail patients is substandard in a SIXTH of all nursing ...

Care of vulnerable and frail patients is substandard in a SIXTH of all nursing homes, watchdog says  In West Midlands proportion of 'inadequate' care homes was nearly one in five  Scathing report from Care Quality Commission said figures show deterioration  More than 500 homes have been rated as needing to improve for years 

By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline

Published: 23:56 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 23:56 BST, 15 October 2020

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Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday.

And in one area, the proportion of care homes dismissed as 'inadequate' or needing to improve was almost one in five.

A scathing report from the Care Quality Commission said that these figures masked the deterioration in service that happened in some areas. 

The inspection organisation said that more than 500 homes with 23,000 older residents have been continuously rated as needing to improve for years.

Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday (stock picture)

Nearly one in six care homes gave their frail and vulnerable residents substandard treatment last year, the regulator said yesterday (stock picture)

More than 1,200, with 42,000 residents, once qualified as good but have slipped back into the bottom 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' levels of care home.

The findings were drawn up from inspections of care homes in the financial year that ended in March – the same month that lockdown began. 

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