Nine in ten councils will run out of care homes places within five years because they are not doing enough to cope with the ageing population
- 87 per cent of town halls will not have enough places to meet demand by 2022
- Devon will have largest shortage in number of beds, with a projected 1,921
An incredible 87 per cent of town halls will not have enough places to meet demand by 2022 – because they are not doing enough to cope with the demands of an ageing population.
The shortfall is set to be particularly acute in 14 areas, where the number of extra care home places the council is planning is at least 25 per cent lower than needed.
The analysis by the consumer group Which? found that by 2022, there will be an estimated shortfall of 42,000 elderly care home beds across England. In the worst-hit area – Bracknell Forest in Berkshire – there will be 161 fewer places than needed, a shortfall of 53 per cent.
Next comes Lewisham in south London, where the shortfall works out at 48 per cent, or 355 beds short. Haringey’s shortfall is projected to be 38 per cent, followed by Hartlepool (35 per cent) and Milton Keynes (33 per cent).
Devon will have the largest shortage in terms of the number of beds, with a projected 1,921.
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MP Dr Sarah Wollaston for Totnes has been asking how the system will cope with this shortage of community beds: