Bed shortages worsen around the nation
A survey by the Liberal Democrats shows that seven out of 10 local authorities cannot cope with the demand for beds for elderly people with dementia. One un-named authority reported a shortfall of 1,000 places. Twenty-seven social services departmnents, of 58 contacted, responded to the survey and the study found that 67% of these reported a shortfall in nursing care and 63% a lack of residential care for elderly, mentally ill people. Lib.-Dem. health spokesman Paul Burstow said the Government had failed to understand the impact of a collapse in confidence with the care home sector in the last two years.