Providers are in a weak position when bargaining for fee increases

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

|By SIMON ALCOCK, policy and economy officer, The Quinn Centre| Among homecare providers, there is undoubtedly growing concern about the succession of local authority funding crises and budget cuts, with their related squeeze on prices and their threats to service quality and provider stability. Many independent providers are concerned with the economic position of local authorities. They feel the authorities almost hold a monopoly position as purchasers. The position of domiciliary care providers is similar to that of residential and nursing home owners, apart from that no substantial capital asset is involved in domiciliary care. This undoubtedly puts domiciliary care providers in a weak position. Due to the Labour Government’s considerable success at helping the UK to a position of near full employment, domiciliary care rates have had to rise to attract existing labour within the market and local authorities have had to pay that price. However, there has been an attempt to ensure domiciliary care prices ri

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