Tories point to Caring Times survey and warn of mass closures

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

_Caring Times_’ revelations of how new standards threaten thousands of care homes has begun to alarm MPs. Concern over the magazine’s survey of how homes can cope with the proposed changes surfaced rapidly when the Commons considered the new Care Standards Bill in May. Health Secretary Alan Milburn was repeatedly warned that the regulations look likely to drive many homes out of existence. Tory backbencher John MacGregor claimed the concern extended across both private homes and local authorities. His own South Norfolk constituency had many such homes where there were now real worries about additional burdens and costs. He pointed out that the _Caring Times_’ survey showed that if the Government’s report _Fit for the Future?_ was implemented in full it could mean 54 per cent of the places now available would be lost. “The same survey showed that more than half of care homes would have to close because the new requirements would bankrupt them,” Mr MacGregor said. “I am particularly concerned with the fate of s

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