Provider predicts loss of up 60,000 beds
An independent care home operator says pressure on fees and increasing operating costs could see a dramatic shrinkage in care home beds during the next two years.
Speaking at a discussion organised by Barclays, Knight Frank and Caring Times, Phil Burgan, chairman of the Maria Mallaband Care Group said cuts in public spending would make things dire for social services.
“I think the average care home owner whose got 80% social services clients is going to have a really, really difficult time and only those really slick operators are going to survive,” said Mr Burgan.
“The ones who are not as slick are going to go to the wall – it won’t be as bad as the late ’90s but I think maybe 50 or 60 thousand beds will go. And some of those should go because they’ll be owned by poor quality operators with poor quality care homes – double rooms, no ensuites, etc – but some of the