New unannounced inspections were started in a landmark case where hospitals and care home operations were investigated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which found that over one third are failing to adhere to basic dignity for older people, even when coming out from a series of scandals that hit the media in recent years. The unannounced inspections at over 50 hospitals and 500 homes were done in response to a growing public concern about the quality of treatment that some vulnerable people are getting, the seniors.
These results show that older people are routinely denied privacy, not being properly fed or completely ignored when they ask for help. Inspectors from CQC act as the health watchdog in the country for this type of care, and they heard staff members openly dismiss some elderly people as lost causes, even when they were still in the room. They name them the feeders, and many cases were found where home care residents are being forced to endure using lavatories with no doors, or using bibs at meal times even if they did not need them.
This report comes out just weeks after the latest scandal, when Mid Staffordshire saw an inquiry found 1,200 people may have died needlessly because of improper care. Winterbourne View was pointed as a source of potential abuse when Inspectors found nutrition standards had improved but privacy and dignity had deteriorated. 17 hospitals were listed as having shortcomings including Milton Keynes NHS Trust which failed to pass any of the five golden standards by inspectors.
The CQC sent warnings to eight homes and closed one down since the inquiry. Some of the reasons included dementia patients not being treated correctly, caregivers not speaking with any of the patients, and also some deliberate abuse.