Owner seek a ‘proper partnership

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

More than a hundred people from care homes around the England’s north east recently gathered in Newcastle to draw attention to the crisis taking place in the independent care home sector. Care North East, the umbrella group, which represents more than a hundred care home proprietors in the region, demonstrated the crisis by destroying a bed to highlight inadequate funding of long term care. Care North East members have more than 12,000 care home beds and employ around 14,500 people. The group is calling for a proper partnership between the independent sector, local authorities, the Department of Health, and the Department of Social Security. The group wants a level playing field which, they say, would mean local authorities paying independent providers the same amount as the authorities pay for care in their own homes. Care North East chairman Helen McArdle said several local authorities in the region had proposed a 1.8% rise for the coming year, which would then total £2.50 per hour for 24-hour care. This,

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