Growth continues apace in domiciliary care sector

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

The UK flexible health and care staffing services market, covering domiciliary care agencies, nurses agencies, other healthcare staff agencies and doctor deputising, was worth some £2.4 billion in 1999/2000, according to a new market report from Laing & Buisson. The report, Flexible Staffing Services in UK Health and Care Markets 2001, says that, like the broader UK recruitment industry, the flexible health and care staffing market has grown rapidly in the last two decades, more than quadrupling in size since 1992. Independent sector homecare services, the largest single segment of the flexible health and care staffing market, generated £1,125 million in 1999/2000. The significant drivers for homecare were the community care reforms of 1993, which placed state funding in the hands of local authorities, and the continuing pressure on cash-strapped local authorities to outsource homecare under the value for money and best value policies of successive Conservative and Labour administrations. Also, since 1996 t

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