Funding crisis is felt in Wales

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

Warnings by Care Forum Wales that the care homes system for older people who need nursing or residential care in Wales is facing a funding crisis have been supported by new research which says Britain¹s care homes sector is under-funded by more than £1bn a year. The study, undertaken for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation by community care analysts Laing & Buisson, supports predictions by Care Forum Wales ­ the umbrella body of independent care homes in Wales ­ which has been warning for some time that the system is in crisis. “We are sitting on an absolute timebomb,” said Mario Kreft, head of policy and public affairs for Care Forum Wales. “Since September last year 200 nursing beds for elderly people have been de-registered in North East Wales alone, representing a loss of 38 per cent of the area¹s private nursing care beds. If that is not a crisis then I don¹t know what is. “At the heart of the problem is the massive disparity between the money local authorities are prepared to pay per week per head to l

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