Isle of Wight ­ Owners seek judicial review over fees

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

Care home-owners on the Isle of Wight are seeking a judicial review over the amount paid for residents placed in their homes by the Council. Operators say the Council fees are unrealistically low and have contributed to a rapid decrease in the number of homes operating in the county. Evidence of the problems caused by the spate of closures in recent years came from the IW NHS Healthcare Trust which has admitted care bed shortages were causing bed blocking at the island¹s only hospital. The Trust is now actively encouraging new operators and is known to already be in discussions with potential developers in a bid to address the situation. The Trust¹s chief executive Graham Elderfield said 20 hospital beds were currently blocked, revealing a desperate need for nursing home beds. “We are now facing the reality of the closures of nursing homes in the autumn and it is hitting us hard,” Mr Elderfield said. Three nursing home closures since 1996 have cost the Isle of Wight ­ which has one of the country¹s highes

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