Care England has waded into the current controversy over the demands placed on hospital A and E departments by denying the problems are partly as a result of a shortage of care home beds.
Professor Martin Green, (right) chief executive at Care England, said: “For a number of years, independent care home providers have been offering the NHS increased capacity, in order to deal with the pressures that the health service faces over the winter months. These offers have been repeatedly ignored and it is no surprise that A & Es once again find themselves overstretched.
“A broken payment model, in which money flows into the acute sector at the expense of the rest of the health and social care system, has allowed the needs of individuals with complex conditions to escalate to the point at which they have no choice but to present at A & E.
"The only way in which the cycle of crisis can be stopped is through streamlining primary, acute and social care, and I look forward to the day that all of the rhetoric surrounding integration is translated into action.”