CQC report and call for action on care of older people in hospitals

In October 2011, the Care Quality Commission published a report on standards of care for older people in hospitals – and called for a system-wide response to combat the failings identified.

‘Dignity and nutrition inspection programme. National overview’ summarises the findings of 100 unannounced inspections of NHS acute hospitals which took place between March and June, looking at whether the essential standards of dignity and nutrition were being met on wards caring for older people.

Around half of the hospitals needed to do more to ensure that they were meeting people’s needs – with twenty of the hospitals visited failing to meet essential standards required by law.