Local authorities are ’empire building’ says Fox at forum

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

|By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson| In in his opening address at the senior care managers’ forum, organised by Laing & Buisson as part of CareExpo 2003, shadow health secretary Dr Liam Fox accused local authorities of “empire building” by using resources to build or refurbish their own care homes while many private sector care home were closing. In the face of Labour’s continuing run of health secretaries, with the Government floundering over foundation hospitals, Liam Fox, in presenting his vision of the care sector and the NHS, spoke confidently from a position of strength supported by a detailed knowledge of the issues. For the care managers attending the first day of the CareExpo conference, Dr Fox was right “on-message” – if healthcare is the big issue at the next election, things will undoubtedly look brighter for the Conservatives. Dr Fox said 60,000 long term care places had been lost since 1997, and said government legislation for regulation had been ham-fisted. “In my own constituency there was a

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