Private providers face severe staff shortages

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

Private care homes are facing severe staff shortages because they cannot afford to pay staff similar rates to local authority homes, according to a report from the North East. Simon Beckett, chairman of Care North-East said the private sector was finding it virtually impossible to recruit and retain trained staff. “Local authorities do not pay independent care homes the true cost of care, yet they provide their own homes with considerably more funding,” Mr Beckett said. “The funding situation is completely unbalanced and we are facing a real recruitment crisis, which could ultimately result in the closure of homes. Our clients and staff deserve better.” Mr Beckett cited the case of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council which pays local authority homes £489 per week per bed, while independent providers are paid a maximum of £332 per bed per week. In reply Redcar and Cleveland council’s director of health and social care Maurice Bates said the council was talking to the private sector all the time about the so

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