RNHA says extra money is inadaquate as homes close

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

Too little, too late is the message that nursing homes across the UK are giving the Government about additional funds to help social services departments purchase more places for older people, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). The RNHA, which represents more than a thousand homes, warns that cash-starved nursing homes have been closing down at an alarming rate. As a result, their total bed capacity has fallen over the past year. RNHA chairman Clifford Davison said this could produce a “knock on” effect for NHS hospitals, with bed blocking by older patients who no longer required acute hospital treatment but who were not well enough to go straight home. The Government¹s own figures show that around 15,000 nursing home beds have been lost over the past year, with particular “hot spots” as far afield as Exeter, Wiltshire, Brighton and Darlington. “The real losers in all this are, of course, the older people who are being denied the level and type of nursing care they really need. Th

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