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Nursing home sector increases share

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Long term nursing and residential care is increasingly being provided in the private and voluntary sectors, according to a report from market research analysts Key Note.

Between 2004 and 2008, the percentage of long term nursing care beds in the private sector rose from 81 per cent to 84 per cent, while over the same period the percentage in the NHS fell from 11 per cent to 9 per cent. The percentage in the voluntary sector remained constant at around 7.4 per cent.

Over the same period, the percentage of long term residential care beds in the private sector rose from 66 per cent to 68 per cent and the percentage in the voluntary sector from 18 per cent to 19 per cent. The percentage provided by the public sector fell from 16 per cent to 13 per cent.

The report authors said: “On the face of it, [this] data augurs well for the private long term care industry, and suggest that the trend away from public provision will continue.

“However, recent government thinking points towards greater at home provision, rather than residential care, for elderly people, meaning that continued private expansion is an uncertain prospect.”

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