Bupa slams national insurance hike

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

Major health and care provider, Bupa, says the net effect of the Budget on the care home sector will be detrimental. Bupa, the biggest independent provider of care services for elderly people in the UK, employs more than 20,000 staff caring for more than 15,000 frail people. The increase in national insurance will cost Bupa £2 million in 2003/4. Managing director Mark Ellerby said Bupa estimated that the increase in national insurance next year would cost the care home sector £50 million at a time when it is already in extreme crisis. “This additional Å’tax on jobs¹ will do nothing to improve the sector¹s financial position, nor stem the tide of nursing home closures,” Mr Ellerby said. “The Wanless report emphasised the link between health and social care provision. It is all the more surprising therefore that the care home sector is being hit so badly by the Chancellor¹s Budget. “We are encouraged by the Government¹s announcement that social services spending will increase by a six per cent real terms

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