Placements rationed by care trust

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

One of the first four care trusts, which provide integrated health and social services, has introduced rationing of care home placements to reduce a £1.9mbudget deficit. The Northumberland NHS care trust, set up in April, has informed local care home providers that only one new resident will be funded for every two who leave as long as it continues to face “severe budgetary difficulties”. The trust, which has taken over the provision of almost all adult social services from Northumberland County Council, has set up panels to vet assessments for funding of care home placements in an attempt to halve the number of new residents. It has also sharply reduced spending on homecare services. David Jones, head of care management for older people at the trust, has written to local care home providers, saying the social care directorate is experiencing severe budgetary difficulties. “Among the measures to be taken will be the instigation of panels to vet and process assessments/applications for public funding for care

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