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Warning given of care crisis

PUBLISHED: 23:31 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

MORE professionals have warned that homes for the elderly in Suffolk are at crisis point and many more could close unless Suffolk County Council boosts funding.

MORE professionals have warned that homes for the elderly in Suffolk are at crisis point and many more could close unless Suffolk County Council boosts funding.

More than 30 homes have already closed in three-and-a-half years, and if the current trend continues it is feared the bed-blocking problems in Ipswich Hospital will get worse.

Bob Wilson, from the East Anglian Federation of Small Businesses, claims in the long term the funding crisis could also result in many elderly people who need special care being looked after at home by relatives – placing a huge strain on families.

He was speaking out after an Age Concern report claimed the cost of residential and care home placements in Suffolk was the fourth most expensive in the UK, at an average of £15,028 per annum per person.

His words also echo the opinion of Liz Pawsey, chairman of Anglia Care Association who spoke out in the Evening Star in August.

Mr Wilson claimed this figure painted a rosier picture for businesses and said the figure received by care homes for purely state-funded residents was closer to £13,884 in the county.

But Suffolk County Council hit back at his comments and said it spends more than the national average on care home places – and the amount could even increase in next year's budget.

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