Call for action to halt closures

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

Care North East, an umbrella group which represents independent care home owners throughout the region, says a recent study by sector analysts Laing & Buisson has shown that 760 care homes closed last year with the loss of 16,200 beds. Care North East has called on the Government to act to prevent the demise of an industry which, it says, supports the NHS in the care of elderly and vulnerable people. The group¹s chairman, Helen McArdle, said the figures on closures came as no surprise and said that the Department of Health¹s response “that there is still over capacity in the industry” was not sufficient. “The closure of these care and nursing homes will take its toll on the economy,” Ms McArdle said. “Homes are closed, jobs are lost and, on finding themselves unable to cope with elderly or infirm relatives, family and friends will have no choice left but to care for them at home as best they can, or take up a valuable bed in the local hospital.”

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