Dementia sufferers are being put at risk of poor care because hundreds of residential homes are operating without a manager, figures released have shown.
Of 7,000 specialist care homes across England, 759 do not have a registered boss who is legally responsible for it’s running and failings, watchdog the Care Quality Commission admits.
Former Lib Dem Care Minister Paul Burstow blasted: “This situation is simply not acceptable. Things clearly need to change, fast.” The Alzheimer’s Society branded the situation “worrying and unacceptable”. About 800,000 people have dementia in the UK, but is this set to rise to a million by 2024.
Experts have blamed the issue on slow or poor recruitment and providers failing to appoint in a bid to save cash – despite potential fines up to £4,000.
The CQC said: “When these positions remain unfilled, people are at greater risk of poor care.
Disgraceful and heart-sinking issues regarding the health and welfare of our nation just keep coming and coming. Is it going to stop – “any ideas?”