Over half (57%) of older people resident in care homes do not have access to all the NHS services that they may require according to a new report. Te data was collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of a Special Review into health support to care homes, which was analysed recently by the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) under a data-sharing agreement. The data shows that primary care trusts do not accord sufficient priority to care home residents when planning and ensuring the delivery of local healthcare services. This has resulted in considerable variation in the extent to which their healthcare needs are being met. The BGS report has been published at the same time as the CQC report to complement its findings. The BGS report Failing the Frail: A Chaotic Approach to Commissioning Healthcare Services for Care Homes is based on analysis of the CQC data. It focuses on the provision of NHS healthcare support to care homes and confirms many of the findings of the BGS’s inquiry Quest for Quality published last year. This described the unmet need, unacceptable variation and often poor quality of care provided by the NHS to older people resident in care homes. There are 376,250 older people living in 10,331 care homes in England and the majority are frail with multiple needs and require help with self-care. Over 40% suffer from dementia. Professor Finbarr Martin, BGS President and co-author of Quest for Quality said: “We are delighted that the CQC has finally published this report. Te data set which we analysed confirms our fears that the healthcare needs of older care home residents are being neglected in some areas as we identified in our report Quest for Quality.”