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Third State of Care report published

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published its third annual report into the state of health and adult social care in England.

The latest report covers the year to the end of March 2011 and is the first in which the CQC has used evidence under its new system of regulation.

CQC chair, Dame Jo Williams, said: "While it will be a further year before we can present a complete picture of  the state of regulated care in England, this year's report provides a valuable picture of people's experiences of access to care services, the choice and control that they have when using services, and the quality of the care that is provided."

The report is divided into four main sections:

The shape of health and social care provision
Access to care services
Choice and control
Quality and safety

It also includes case studies looking at how improvements in standards have been made by services and how our regulatory work has helped drive these improvements.

Under choice and control the report highlights that the number of people able to exercise more choice over their social care by using a direct payment or personal budget has continued to increase.

The report can be downloaded from the CQC website.

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Last Updated : 16 September 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.