History in the making

Gray, Jean
April 2005
Nursing Standard;4/13/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 31, p1
Trade Publication
This article reports that Hawthorne Court nursing home in Fareham, Hampshire, England, opened its doors to residents for the first time recently. The trend for the past 15 years has been for governments, Conservative or Labour, to seek private finance in public sector projects. Ministers from both parties have been keen to pursue private provision of one sort or another as a way of pushing up overall spending on health care in Great Britain. Hampshire has a large proportion of relatively better off people who pay their own care costs--60 per cent compared with 40 per cent nationally. Increased competition for a shrinking number of beds is making it hard to find places for those who rely on statutory support.


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