Market study into care homes gets underway

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) would like to hear from providers as part of a market study into care and nursing homes for the elderly.

The CMA has recently launched this study to review how well the UK market for care and nursing homes works, and it wants to hear from providers about the services they offer and any challenges they face.

CEO Dr Macaskill said:

“Scottish Care welcomes the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) upcoming market study of UK care homes, including the Scottish care home sector.

 “It is important that the process of purchasing care home places, both for residents and in relation to how local authorities commission, are fair, transparent and outcomes-focused. It is therefore positive that the CMA will be exploring this.

 “It will be critical that the study has a comprehensive a picture of the care home sector and looks at the areas of interest it has identified in sufficient detail.

 “For Scotland, an exploration of the care home market must include the National Care Home Contract and its reform, the impact of health and social care integration and workforce challenges being faced by the sector such as the Scottish Living Wage and the recruitment and retention of nurses.

 “Scottish Care therefore intends to be supportive to the study through the sharing of information and through the fostering of positive dialogue between the independent care home sector and the CMA throughout the study’s duration.”

For more details of the study and how to contribute, see:

Last Updated on 20th December 2016 by Scottish Care

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