Puretruce prepares for battle over fees

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

One of the biggest private residential and nursing home groups in Wales is to take legal advice following a ruling in Northern Ireland over fee levels. The Puretruce Group, which runs 22 homes across South Wales, hopes to take advantage of a local government ruling in Northern Ireland which states that, under the terms of the Competition Act, the public sector cannot subsidise its own care homes at the same time as keeping down fees to the private sector. The Puretruce Group estimates it is losing more than £2.5m a year because local authorities pay £100 a week more per person for residential care in their own homes than they do for those cared for in homes operated by the independent sector. Puretruce operations director Tony Yelland said that, at present, the group was only just breaking even, but that was only being achieved because of the way the business was being run. “We haven¹t had a level playing field since 1993 because local authorities pay £100 minimum more for every place in their own homes t

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