Midlands bodies unite

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

A Midlands care association is celebrating union which will make it one of the biggest lobbying bodies in the country. The Quinton-based West Midlands Care Association (WMCA) has just taken the Registered Care Homes Association of Hereford and Worcester under its umbrella in a “landmark marriage of mutual development”. Proposals for the merger had been on the table since since October and an agreement between the two executive bodies was finally struck just before Christmas – the same week as fresh figures revealed an 11 per cent increase in the costs of providing residential care. Under the arrangement, the Hereford and Worcester operation, which maintains its own identity, will join existing memberships from the Black Country boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. At the top the agenda for 2006 is a plan to address local authority bed funding levels and to explore the possibility of discount bulk buying for members to help offset increasing costs. WMCA staff also plan to bring

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