More people paying for care in 2011
Tens of thousands more elderly people are paying for care this year than they were in 2010, according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
In its second annual report on the state of health and social care in England, the CQC said the number of people who cannot get a state-funded place in a care home has risen by 80,000 over the last year.
Dame Jo Williams, chair of the CQC said the next few years will be a "crucial time" for health and social care.
"There will be important changes such as the creation of HealthWatch, Monitor as the economic regulator for health and social care, GP led commissioning consortia, Health and Well Being Boards and the National Health Service Commissioning Board," she said.
In May, the CQC will launch a consultation on how to define excellence in social care, which will help to provide ratings for those choosing a care home.