The challenge of profiting from care homes in the North of England has once again been exposed in a report by health chiefs for the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, that revealed one in seven care home beds in the region were lost last year.
The study also suggested that the closures came despite rising demand for places
Huddersfield is the main city of Kirlees, and its NHS trust was told that the district had lost 258 out of some 1,750 beds in 2015.
Some homes were closed after failing CQC inspections. Others were not financially viable, according to the report.
The report said that more beds are at risk this year. “There is a risk that remaining beds available will not meet future requirements and that further care homes may close due to financial viability and their inability to maintain standards.”
Local newspaper The Huddersfield Daily Examiner spoke to health watchdog Healthwatch Kirklees, which says providing for an increasingly aged population was “perhaps the greatest challenge” faced in the borough.
Spokesman Rory Deighton said: “In the future, the pressures of an ageing population, and growing financial pressure on Kirklees Council, is perhaps the biggest challenge we face as a community.”