Scottish Care calls for more cash

The Scottish executive is to meet again with care home-owners,
Scottish local authorities and voluntary sector representatives,
after talks last week failed to end a dispute over care fees.

Scottish Care – an umbrella body representing 800 of the
country’s 1,100 independent care homes – has called for councils to
pay a further £55 per week per patient in nursing homes. If
agreement cannot be reached, homes will stop taking new council
patients -Êtwo areas already have.

Age Concern Scotland has called on the Scottish executive and
the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to work with the
independent sector to resolve the crisis.

“Older people’s care will be affected unless the dispute is
resolved as a matter of urgency,” said Age Concern Scotland
director Maureen O’Neill.

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