‘Fee levels are ludicrous’ says Craegmoor boss

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

At the Laing & Buisson annual conference on long term care, Craegmoor Healthcare chief executive Frank Richardson said national standards and the Government’s own quality agenda were being put at risk by the current funding crisis. Craegmoor Healthcare chief executive Frank Richardson has warned the Government of widespread home closures, labelling care home fees paid by local authorities as “ludicrous”. Speaking at Laing & Buisson’s annual long term care conference Mr Richardson said the Government’s lack of intervention in the continuing problems of care home funding had seen the closure of hundreds of homes in recent years, and that local authority payments to care home operators had increased by less than 2% each year, while costs had increased by as much as 10%. In a hard hitting speech, Mr Richardson called for direct intervention by the Government in order to avoid a crisis which would result in a shortage of nursing and residential beds, placing more pressure on over-stretched NHS resources. “Care ho

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