Care England has slammed an initiative by Norfolk and Waveney CCG to place care recipients into ‘care hotels’ at a cost to the taxpayer of well over half a million Pounds.
In the three-month pilot scheme designed to alleviate pressure on the NHS, in early 2022, 36 care recipients were sent to a hotel where they received care for an average of 16 weeks. According to Care England this cost taxpayers £15,555 per care recipient – or a total of £559,980.
This took place at a time when care homes are reporting unfilled beds.
Care England Chief Executive Professor Martin Green OBE, said:
“[Despite] the pressures of COVID-19, the ‘care hotel’ initiative represented mismanagement of public funds on a scale that is wholly unacceptable. It also emphasises the lack of capacity planning.
“Local independent adult social care services have consistently demonstrated that they are able to offer taxpayers value for money. Care England would ask for assurances from the Government that the care sector will be considered and involved in future ICS planning as to avoid expensive and inefficient initiatives.”