Following on from my last weeks post about the under funding of Residential Care comes a contrasting viewpoint. A headline in The Guardian —— “Scandal Of UK’s worst Care Homes Revealed”.
The article reports on an investigation carried out by the paper into the finances of the companies that run the 220 Care Homes rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. Far from being impoverished,by being unable to charge higher fees, just three small companies were making £113 million pre-tax profits !
There is nothing new in these headlines, they could have been written about any number of Residential Care companies anytime in the last twenty years.
There is no question that many homes are struggling financially because Social Services fees have been held down for so long. But, not every home is in that situation. Homes making vast profits have no excuse for delivering poor quality care, nor having low staffing levels, nor paying minimum wages.
The Care Quality Commission have a duty to understand a Care Homes financial viability and should tackle head on any home delivering inadequate care while at the same time making huge profits.