Bupa calls for ring-fencing of council funding


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

Major care home provider Bupa has warned that if councils’ adult social care budgets are not ring-fenced, the UK risks a shortfall of nearly 100,000 care home beds over the next decade. This reduction will lead to a bed-blocking crisis for the NHS, and a postcode lottery for aged care as shortages emerge across the country.
Bupa’s report says real-term spending cuts to care will reduce the number of care home beds by 81,000 over the coming decade. At the same time the ageing population is likely to see an additional 18,000 older people needing care. These two factors could result in almost 100,000 older people being left at home or admitted to hospitals – potentially occupying half of the NHS’s beds.
While Bupa says it supports the work of the ‘Dilnot Commission’ on Funding of Care and Support, which it believes will address the under-funding of aged care in the long-term, it says that to prevent a crisis in the





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