The CQC said the difference in standards across the country was ‘a real concern’. In Talford, for example, 43 per cent of care homes were either inadequate or needing improvement – the highest in the country – compared with just one in 62 in West Berkshire. Nadra Ahmed, the CEO of the National Care Association, said regional variations reflected inconsistencies in CQC inspections but also difficulties across areas in recruiting staff. She continued: ‘What we know at the moment is that services in the north are more challenged than in the south.’
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