Homecare figures draw criticism


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

Opposition health spokesman Simon Burns has attacked the Government over the decline in the number of people receiving homecare. Commenting on statistics published by the Department of Health Mr Burns said he was alarmed and extremely concerned that the number of households receiving homecare in 2003 was around 362,800, down by one per cent on 2002 and a decrease of nine per cent since 2000. “The Government has long justified that although there has been a loss of 70,000 care home places since 1997, they have concentrated on providing homecare for more people,” Mr Burns said. “The figures released by the Department of Health cast considerable doubt on this defence as they show that the number of households and the number of people receiving home care has fallen significantly. “These figures only go to prove that the long term care sector is in severe crisis. The Government has much to answer for ­ many care home places were lost as the Government insisted on introducing over-prescriptive centrally-driven bur





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