Independent sector pulls ahead of local authorities

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

Local authorities in England have been overtaken by the independent sector as the major provider of homecare services. Speaking at the annual homecare conference organised by healthcare market analysts Laing & Buisson, analyst Philip Mickelborough said local authorities now provided 44% of homecare services in the country. He said more than 1.1 million people were now receiving some form of homecare. “The number of households where homecare is being delivered by local authorities has shown a decline over the past 10 years, largely because of tighter eligibility criteria, more people buying private homecare services and the shortage of carers,” Mr Mickelborough said. “The independent sector showed 13% growth last year with increased local authority purchasing from private providers. Homecare is now a vast market worth £1.2 billion a year and growth is expected to increase.” Mr Mickelborough said the private provision sector was showing some consolidation with fewer agencies now operating. “Some larger provide

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