NHS future 'precarious', warns health watchdog

Jonathan Ashworth MP said the report was ¿damning evidence of the Government¿s inability to maintain health services at the standard which patients expect

Unhealthy lifestyles are the reason the NHS and social care are on the brink of collapse, top health inspector claims

His comments come as a new CQC report into the nation's health and social care reveals millions of patients are receiving unsafe or substandard care.

GP practices" CQC ratings continue to improve, with 89% now rated "good" or "outstanding" despite the health and care system "straining at the seams', a report from the watchdog has found.

Presenting the Care Quality Commission's annual assessment, Sir David Behan, chief executive, warned that the future of many services was "precarious" as unhealthy lifestyles added to pressure on the health system.

"Our report will be laid before Parliament and it is for Parliament to debate how they respond", he said.

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Richard Murray, director of policy for The King's Fund, said the government's consultation on social care needed to set out costed options for putting social care on a sustainable footing for the future.

The LGA response refers frequently to social care issues which were a central part of the CQC report, where it was revealed that 19% of adult social care practices in the United Kingdom were rated as 'requires improvement'.

Seccombe said: "It is encouraging that the vast majority of adult social care services were rated good, and that services have improved on a year ago, which is a massive achievement given the unprecedented pressures across the system".

However, Health Minister Philip Dunne insisted that the extra money already promised for social care, mental health and A&E services was "enough", reports the BBC.

"We are living longer but are not living healthier so I think what we are signalling is that the system now and into the future has got to deal with those increased numbers of older people who are going to have more than one condition".

"We are going to see a fall in the quality of services that are offered to people and that may mean that the safety of some people is compromised".

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