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-study – by 5pm on Monday, 16th January 2017