Calls for action over drop in care home beds

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A bed blocking crisis following a dramatic drop in the number of care home beds in Dundee has led to a call for action.

Councillor Fraser Macpherson has requested a briefing from the chief officer of Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, David Lynch, the Evening Telegraph reports.

A spokesman for Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We have received a request for a briefing for councillors which is under consideration.”

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Dundee councillors have further called on the Scottish government to help the city’s council run care homes.

Private providers have been brought in to fill the gap following the drop in the number of local authority beds.

As a result, private providers have increased their fees by 7% with the average cost to the council for providing nursing and residential care rising by 18% since 2011.

The number of private spaces paid for by the authority increased from 882 in April 2011 to 908 in April 2016.

Around 90% of care home places are now provided by the private and voluntary sector.

The lack of available spaces has contributed to a £400,000 overspend by the council.

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