In a sign of the increasing strains on nursing care, a Derbyshire home for 31 residents has announced that it is to close.
Derby House on Broad Walk in Buxton has confirmed that it will close at the end of this month, the Buxton Advertiser reports.
Joint owner Helen Boulton said: “It [Buxton House] has been a family business since 1980 and it was a very difficult decision to make.
“Nationally there has been 73 nursing homes closing in the first six months of the year which is more closures than there was in 2015.
“Our struggle in the industry is not unique we are facing nursing shortages and red tape from the Care Quality Commission just as everyone is.”
Residents at the home will need to seek alternative care while staff will be made redundant as a result of the closure.
Sector leaders have highlighted the escalating crisis in nursing recruitment in recent days with industry regulator CQC reporting the first drop in nursing in five years (see (see CQC reports first drop in nursing provision in five years).
Four Seasons CEO Tim Hammond warned this week that restrictions on EU labour movement would exacerbate current nursing recruitment challenges (see EXCLUSIVE: Four Seasons joins calls for ‘soft Brexit’).