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State of Care 2012/13

This is our annual report on the state of health and social care services in 2012/13.

Our findings

Our findings are based on the results of more than 35,000 inspections of hospitals, care homes, dental services, community services and more carried out by our inspectors in 2012/13.

What will this report tell you?

A look at accident and emergency

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An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital in an emergency for an avoidable condition.

Find out more in Pressure on A&E.

How well are health and social care services providing care?

You’ll find out how well the sectors below are doing around safety, effective care and support, respect and dignity, staffing and checking quality.

Visit State of Care 2012/13: Infographic to view the key findings.

State of Care 2012/13 infographic

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Adult social care




Independent health care


Primary dental


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