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Cross-subsidy – the unfairest practice

Posted on December 5th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson

Last week the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a market study into care homes for elderly people. It is going to look into reports of potentially unfair practices and contract terms being used by some care homes and evaluate the effectiveness of competition between care homes in driving quality and value for money for residents and taxpayers. It will also consider how local authorities and other public bodies purchase and assign care home places, and how they encourage and shape local supply.

This is an opportunity for providers to acknowledge, and then step back from, the unfair practise of charging self-funding residents over the odds to subsidise the inadequate fees paid by local authorities for publicly funded residents.

Not only do self-funders pay for their own care, but have throughout their working lives, through their … Read More »


Competition body to examine care home market

Posted on December 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Competition body to examine care home market

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market study into care homes for elderly people, to assess how well the market works, and whether people are being treated fairly.

CMA acting chief executive Andrea Coscelli said that, as well as looking at reports of potentially unfair practices and contract terms being used by some care homes, the study would also evaluate the effectiveness of competition between care homes in driving quality and value for money for residents and taxpayers, and would also consider how local authorities and other public bodies purchase and assign care home places, and how they encourage and shape local supply.

“We want to hear from care home providers about the services they offer and any challenges they face,” said Ms Coscelli.

Views are welcomed on any of the issues raised in the Statement of Scope – https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/care-homes-market-studyRead More »


Down on the ostrich farm

Posted on November 28th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By guest blogger CATHY BUTTERWORTH, Independent Nurse Consultant

I wish I could have been where Philip Hammond has been for the last few months – somewhere quiet and peaceful, away from the world, a desert island perhaps with lots of sand. He must have been so isolated, with no access to letters, phone calls and emails. He can’t have read the numerous reports from reputable organisations like CQC, Kings Fund, and British Geriatric Society. He hasn’t heard the stories of people in distress from organisations like Age UK. He can’t have known about the evidence from leaders of the NHS and social care providers, from Care England and NHS England. He doesn’t know about the many people who remain in hospital when they are ready to go home, but there is no support for them to enable them to leave. He can’t … Read More »





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