The largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, Care England, has responded to the Competition and Market Authority’s consultation document on draft advice on consumer law for care home providers.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England has said:-

“Unfortunately the CMA has limited the scope of its draft guidance and it fails to cover contractual arrangements between Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and care home providers. Without this element it is only looking at half the picture as commissioners contracts hugely influence through contract terms and funding the care available for residents. We welcome transparency and good information for residents and families and want to work with the Care Provider Alliance and CMA to support the sector going forward and hope the issues raised in our response are taken on board by the CMA in its final guidance”.

It is important that the underfunding of social care for people living in care homes and supported by the state, is addressed urgently.