HALF of all care home beds in some parts of England are in homes rated inadequate or requiring improvement, an investigation has found.
Six local authority areas were the worst, according to the analysis of Care Quality Commission data by consumer magazine Which?
The low standards are particularly acute in the London borough of Westminster, where seven in 10 care home beds were in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate.
In Manchester and Wakefield, three in five beds are in low quality care homes closely followed by Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, (57 per cent), Portsmouth (56 per cent) and Tameside, Staffordshire, (55 per cent).
In total nearly a third of local authority areas have one in three beds or more in poor-quality care homes, the Which? research found.
Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said: “The lack of quality care available in some parts of the country is nothing short of scandalous.
“It is simply unacceptable that, in some areas, more than half the beds available are in care homes rated poor or inadequate.