250 beds lost every year in Birmingham, says new report

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

Birmingham has lost 750 beds for elderly people over the last three years, according to a Birmingham City Council report. A tenth of beds have disappeared in residential homes since April 1999, and five per cent of capacity in the nursing sector has also been lost. “The rate of closure does appear to be increasing,” the report says. “We need to continue to monitor this situation of home closures to ensure that we can forecast any potential shortfall.” Mike Gimson, spokesman for Birmingham Care Consortium, which represents care home owners in the city said the consortium had been warning the council about the escalating closures for the past year. “Finally, these figures prove what we have been saying,” Mr Gimson said. “It is a disgrace and there is worse to come as the pressure increases. We are now facing the under-provision of beds in Birmingham.” Councillor Susanna McCorry, the city council¹s cabinet member for social services, said she was concerned about the bed shortage and was trying to do something a

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