Care for elderly ‘close to collapse’

Theresa May is under intense pressure from senior doctors and a powerful cross-party alliance of politicians. The pressure comes to avert a collapse in care for the elderly. This is because shocking new figures show the system close to meltdown.

New figures obtained by the Observer show that 77 of the 152 local authorities responsible for providing care for the elderly have seen at least one residential and nursing care provider close in the last six months. This is because cuts to council budgets meant there were insufficient funds to run adequate services.

Councils Under Sudden and Huge Pressure

In 48 councils, at least one company that provides home care for the elderly has ceased trading over the same period. This placing councils under sudden and huge pressure to find alternative provision.

In addition, 59 councils have had to find new care arrangements. This is after contracts were handed back by a provider who decided that they were unable to make ends meet on the money that councils were able to pay them.

The former Tory health secretary, Andrew Lansley was appalled at the social care crisis. The crisis has been exacerbated by growing numbers of elderly people and the rising costs of paying staff. This was not addressed in the autumn statement and the rise in care homes going out of business was seemingly ignored,

In a letter to the Observer, the leaders of the four main political groups in local government expressed their disquiet. This was aimed at the chancellor’s dismissing talk of a crisis despite calls from politicians, NHS leaders, doctors and others.

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