NCA warns of looming crisis in care home bed capacity
Following the Care Quality Commission’s announcement that 93 care providers, assessed as being poor providers, had closed in the last year, the National Care Association (NCA) has warned of a looming capacity crisis.
The NCA says the closures, some of which were the result of enforcement, meant that more than fifteen hundred residents had to relocate as a consequence.
NCA chairman Nadra Ahmed said that, with some of the most difficult financial years ahead for local Government and PCTs, and the impact of expected Government cut backs due to be announced on 20 October, the future of the care sector was “worryingly uncertain”.
“With demographic projections suggesting that there are going to be more and more people in need of care in the next 10 years, this under capacity will, in time, have a direct impact on the NHS which relies on early discharge from NHS hospitals to social care to prevent bed