CQC warns of London care home exodus

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The CQC has warned of a pending care crisis due to home closures in the capital.

Five hundred care homes have closed in the capital in the past decade, according to the watchdog.

Nationally the number of care home spaces has increased by 5% on average in that time, while in London it has decreased by 8%.

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Debbie Ivanova, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of adult social care, said: “Most health and adult social care services in London are providing people with safe, high quality and compassionate care – but with pressures rising on demand, access and cost, there are concerns about how long this can last.”

CQC figures revealed that the number of care homes in London over the past 10 years has fallen by almost a quarter from 2,026 in March 2006 to 1,554 in November 2016.

Research carried out by the BBC earlier this year found that more than a quarter of care homes in the UK are in danger of going out of business within three years.

About 5,000 homes were at risk of closure because they carry too much debt and do not make enough profit to cover loan repayment, the research found.

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