Care provider concerns shared with Parliamentary Committee

Professor Martin Green.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green OBE has told a Parliamentary Committee that providers are facing increasing pressures.

The Care England head was giving evidence to the Communities and Local Government Committee as part of its inquiry into the stability and quality of adult social care.

Professor Green said: “I welcome the Committee’s inquiry into adult social care at this crucial time, which I hope will help to ensure that those in need of care are supported to live fulfilling lives. I am pleased that the committee has listened to evidence about the pressures placed on providers of social care, including the rise in regulatory costs and the increased wage bill from the National Living Wage.”

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The Care England head outlined that the sector would require greater funding to meet the needs of an ageing population.

While welcoming the panel’s agreement that social care and health integration held the potential for change, Professor Green said providers had felt no benefit from the Better Care Fund.

He added: “In this climate, and without assurances of extra, emergency funding, the ‘fragility’ of the market that David Behan [CQC chief executive] described will only continue.

“This will threaten most immediately the nursing and domiciliary parts of our sector, which are strained and incapable of growth in line with demand.“

Professor Green welcomed a proposal for better regulation of commissioning, adding that poor commissioning was preventing progress in many areas of adult social care.

The Committee will produce a report with recommendations to the government when they have concluded their inquiry and heard evidence from across the social care sector.

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