Response to the CQC 'State of Care' Report

Release Date: 23 November 2012

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive, responds to the CQC ‘State of Care’ Report:

“We very much welcome this detailed and transparent report. Much is good about the care people receive. We are pleased to see the reduction in NHS beds for people with a learning disability coupled with the increase in extra care housing and reablement services and an increase in the use of personal budgets – this is a strategic move in the right direction.

However serious concerns remain. It is totally unacceptable that  the poorest overall performance is found in mental health and learning disability services, especially at a time when the Government has committed itself to parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

The report highlights particular problems in mental health and learning disability services around medication management, safeguarding and a lack of patient involvement in care planning. This is especially disappointing given all the attention being given to these issues currently, and it is essential that the Commissioning Board gives these urgent attention as it starts its work. It is clear that currently vulnerable patients are facing unnecessary and unacceptable risks. Unless action is taken further scandals will be inevitable.

A key part of this is a staff selection and training issue and ensuring that staff are aware of issues surrounding both mental health and mental capacity. We are therefore pleased that one of CQC’s six proposed priorities for the future is to strengthen the delivery of its responsibilities on mental health and mental capacity.”