In the most comprehensive report of care homes in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that more than 10,000 people in care homes are living in poor conditions and receiving inadequate care

The CQC regulates, inspects, rates and assesses NHS trusts, councils, private companies and charities that provide health and social care.

The CQC requires the 400 homes currently rated “poor” to produce an improvement plan and will subject the homes to regular intensive inspection. The homes rated poor failed to provide the basics of care. A further 3,500 homes have only received an “adequate” rating.

Care homes for older people were highlighted in particular for their poor record on providing social contact and activities for residents. The report highlighted that 95 per cent of local authorities were performing excellently or well in commissioning adult social care but that a third of councils must do more to care for people, with dignity and respect.

The CQC found that councils must help get rid of poor quality care by purchasing from providers more effectively. This is also an issue that the NHS needs to keep under close review in respect of commissioning for continuing healthcare placements.

The report states that overall ratings for care homes have improved in the last 12 months with 77 per cent of providers rated as excellent or good compared to 69 per cent in 2008. The report can be accessed here.