Anstead calls on health minister to become elderly people’s champion

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

Writing in the new Laing & Buisson Healthcare Market Review, Four Seasons Health Care chief executive Hamilton Anstead welcomed Jacqui Smith to the Department of Health and called upon her to “become the champion of elderly people in our society and not simply guilty of the usual accusation thrown at politicians – too little too late”. Observing the various current activities in the long-term care sector he also repeated the message to the Government, which, he said, had been coming all year from independent care providers, that “you can run but you can1t hide”. “With some 25,000 fewer beds available as a result of closures over the last two years and many care homes in dire financial stress, the issue of fee levels has to be addressed now,” Mr Anstead said. “It is no longer acceptable or reasonable for the Department of Health to maintain that there needs to be a reduction in the number of beds to bring the demand/supply equation into balance – there are huge geographical variations in that equation. “Equall

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