Ellerby: care sector needs an extra £1b

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

The Government should divert £1billion into keeping care homes open, says BUPA Care Services. Commenting on the repeated call by members of the The Royal Commission on long-term care for the State to fund “personal care” such as bathing and feeding, four years after its original recommendation was rejected, BUPA Care Services managing director Mark Ellerby said the Government should invest the estimated £l billion cost of providing free personal care into paying more realistic fees to care home operators. “While we are sympathetic to the plight of those who are forced to pay for their own personal care, this is not the most urgent issue facing the long term care sector,” Mr Ellerby said. “Inadequate local authority funding for long-term care is causing care homes to close and beds to be lost at a rapid rate. This year fees have risen an average five per cent but costs continue to outstrip this increase. “For example, the care home sector has been hot by a seven per cent increase in the national minimum wage

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