Birmingham – mass closures predicted

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

Close to 60 care home owners attended a crisis meeting at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Friday, April 14 to voice their concern about the impact of the Care Standards Bill. Along with other MPs the meeting was attended by junior health secretary Gisela Stuart and Conservative health spokesman Caroline Spelman. Jean Cowley, chairman of the Birmingam Care Homes Association, said up to 70% of care homes in the district may be obliged to close if the National Required Standards become law. “We are going bankrupt because we simply cannot cope,” Mrs Cowley said. “Social Services fee increases have been below the rate of inflation for the past seven years. This year we were given a 1.1% increase with no discussion. “We are all trying desperately to keep afloat but the industry is on the point of collapse. To impose anything else at this stage is an act of gross stupidity.” Mrs Cowley said Birminham taxpayers were paying around £400 per week to look after elderly people in sub-standard, unregistered council-owned home

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