‘Sector needs more funding’

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

Craegmoor Healthcare chief executive Frank Richardson says that, with the next budget looming, it is essential that the Government substantially increases funding for UK care homes. He says care homes are already closing unnecessarily at an alarming rate and that this trend looks set to continue as the new National Minimum Standards are brought into play. “Lack of intervention by the Government to deal with the continuing problems of care home funding from local authorities, has taken its toll,” Mr Richardson said. “Last year1s inflationary increase in fees gave no respite to care homes where average outgoing costs grew by as much as 10 per cent. “The new standards, which will require significant investment in care homes, have proved costly for the industry. We have embraced these standards and welcome them into the industry as an imperative measure to ensure quality care is delivered across the board. However, the sheer expenditure of bringing homes in line with the regulations is huge. Culture, attitudes, s

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