Concern over care shortage


Crawley county councillors have expressed concerns about a shortage of residential care provision in the borough.

Sue Mullins (Lab, Gossops Green & Ifield East) spoke about the sale of former Oakhurst Grange Nursing Home site and a “desperate lack of provision of residential care beds in the area” at a West Sussex County Council meeting on Friday (December 12).

She asked Peter Catchpole, Cabinet member for adult social care and health, if he thought leaving care homes to the private sector was still the best option.

Cllr Catchpole agreed it was not as easy to attract new care providers to the north of the county but added: “It’s important we do rely on a market-based approach because if we don’t, we won’t have any beds at all.

“What we have done in West Sussex County Council is develop a strategy where we are looking at all of the options so that we can develop the market in a way which will encourage people to come along and invest.”

Brenda Smith (Lab, Langley Green & West Green), added: “There is clearly a shortage of residential care beds in the north of the county and I understand this is driving up the cost of residential homes by around 16 per cent.”