Ladyman predicts more closures

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

Community care minister Dr Stephen Ladyman has told care providers he agrees there is a need for better local commissioning of care services in order to support residents, relatives and providers. Dr Ladyman told representatives from the Independent Care Group (ICG) in Scarborough in March that further care home closures were likely to occur, because older people wanted to stay in their own homes, or in extracare housing, instead of moving into a care home. He said it was essential for the independent care sector to forge closer working relationships with commissioners and highlighted that if providers had an issue over fees they should take this up with the regulator. Following the health minister1s visit, chair of the ICG and care home and homecare provider in Scarborough, Mike Padgham, said that he was disappointed that the Government was not considering offering any intervention to support the smaller and medium sized care homes. This support could have taken the form of a time-limited VAT concession for

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