CMA probe asks: ‘What’s it like to run a care home?’

As part of its investigation into the sector, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) wants to hear from providers on what is it like to run a care home.

The CMA said it wants to check whether care and nursing homes are working for users, including residents and their families, the NHS,  local councils or those who work within them.

The CMA launched its review of the care and nursing market at the beginning of this month (see BREAKING NEWS: CMA launches care and nursing review).

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The review will focus on a number of issues, including the main pressures on care home providers such as changes in costs and regulation, how well the way the NHS and local authorities buy services works and how local authorities and regulators affect the sector through market-shaping activities.

Further areas of focus include how do regulations in other countries affect care homes and competition, any obstacles to the supply of care home places for local authority and self funding residents, any barriers to entry and expansion and lack of capacity, and how well the complaints system works.

Finally, the probe will investigate any unfair business practices and whether enough information is available when choosing a care home,

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The deadline for feedback is 5pm on January 16.

 

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