Laing’s Review reveals beds shortfall

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

There is a disaster looming in the care home sector if the numbers of beds continue to be lost at the present rate and demand remains the same or even increases – according to the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) in its response to Laing1s Healthcare Market Review, published by Laing & Buisson. The IHA is concerned that, with the recognised under-funding of care homes (the Rowntree Trust estimates that each care bed is under-funded by £80-£100 per week), and with care homes closing at the rate of two a week, the crisis in care is getting ever more severe. IHA chief executive Barry Hassell said Laing1s Review showed that there was a demand for 460,000 care beds in the UK and that there were only 501,000 beds available. “There simply isn1t enough flexibility in the system as it stands, and the situation can only worsen as more and more beds are lost,” Mr Hassell said. “If the Government was to ensure proper funding for the existing long term care provision, it could save money being wasted at the mome

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