Care England says Government CMA response ‘short on detail’

Professor Martin Green.

Care England has criticised the Government’s response to a CMA investigation into the care home market for being “short on detail”.

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said the Government’s reaction, which was published yesterday, brought the sector no farther forward in terms of funding challenges and meeting the needs of vulnerable people.

“Accepting the CMA’s analysis that there needs to be investor confidence across the adult social care market is not the same as taking the action necessary to fund adult social care services properly,” Martin said.

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“The adult social care funding gap has been well documented by local government leaders and yet the Government still maintains that the additional £2bn over three years is sufficient.

“In the meantime care homes continue to close and contracts are being handed back. If the Government cannot address the current crisis in social care then the Green Paper will have little relevance.”

Minister of State for Care Caroline Dinenage commented: “It is completely unacceptable that some of the most vulnerable in society continue to miss out on high quality care which is why this Government has invested an extra £2 billion funding into the social care system and supports the CMA’s aims to improve market sustainability, consumer choice and protection.

“We will shortly be setting out plans to ensure the sector is sustainable for the future as part of the forthcoming adult social care green paper.”

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