Care Home providers have written to Rosie Cooper MP over their fears the continued Local Authority fee freezes and even cuts will put them out of business. Faced with cuts to fees and rising costs in wages, pension contributions, energy costs and insurance care homes are becoming less and less financially viable and there are fears that many will close.
In response, MP Rosie Cooper, a Member of the Commons Health Select Committee, has written to the Secretary of State for Health and to NHS England to raise these concerns on behalf of care homes and families who depend on them.
That the NHS is required to save £20 billion, together with local councils who have faced severe cuts to their care budgets from the Government, unquestioningly means hitting frontline care services. When caring for the elderly and most vulnerable members of our communities we need to ensure the best possible care provision, not be in a position where care may not be available or affordable.
MP Rosie said:
"I know we have to reduce costs but to the point that care homes are being pushed to the edge of the financial cliff is frightening for the residents and their families who rely on these homes.
"What this shows is we need to find a realistic and long-term solution for social care funding. Cutting budgets in local government and in the health service is only going to hit the most vulnerable who need to be cared for."
"I await the Health Secretary's response but as a civilised society we must not allow elderly residents to be forced to move or to be thrown out onto the street before he will address this urgent problem."