Net bed loss for 2002 says Laing

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

Healthcare market analyst William Laing, of Laing & Buisson, said he believed beds lost through care home closures would continue to outpace beds gained via extensions and new builds during 2002. Speaking at the the annual care seminar organised by the Registered Care Providers Association (RCPA) of Somerset in November, Mr Laing said it was worrying that lost capacity was not being replaced. “Commissioners are relying more heavily on homecare providers but this sector has difficulty in recruiting sufficient staff to meet the demand,” Mr Laing said. “New builds, particularly in the north, are not happening because the fees paid by the State through local authorities are inadequate to provide what is considered an adequate return on investment. “Even if central government does put more money in to long term care. providers will have to continue to discuss, argue and fight with local authorities to get their share of it. It is a battle which will have to be fought 208 times with the local authorities around the

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