Another timebomb could be ticking

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|The news that Alice Knight, 108, died after refusing food in protest at the closure of her care home has prompted Robert Belcher, an associate in property agent GVA Grimley¹s healthcare consultancy, to warn that the crisis in the care home sector could get worse as legislation tightens its grip and forces many homes out of business| The story about Alice Knight, the 108-year-old who died after refusing food in protest at her care home being closed down, is very sad and highlights the problems in this sector. Over the last 20 years there have been three major sets of legislation which have dramatically affected the long-term care sector ­ the Registered Home Act 1984, the NHS and Care in the Community Act 1990, and the Care Standards Act 2000. The sector is one of the most regulated in the UK. With increased government intervention and funding issues arising from care in the community since the mid-1990s, there has been pressure on local authorities to keep fees as low as possible, set against owners having

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