Caretelization revisited and the lessons of Southern Cross

Scourfield, Peter (2012) Caretelization revisited and the lessons of Southern Cross. Critical Social Policy, 31 (1). pp. 137-148. ISSN 1461-703X

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‘Caretelization’ is a term coined to describe the process, in a substantially privatized care home sector, whereby large corporate providers have gained greater market share through the process of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers. It has been argued that this process has reduced choice and weakened accountability for older people as consumers and local authorities as commissioners. The care regulator has also had difficulty in keeping up with complex and changing ownership patterns. In an earlier article it was predicted that with market concentration likely to increase, such problems would intensify. Prompted by the market failure of Britain’s largest private care home provider, Southern Cross, in 2011, this commentary reflects on the perils of relying on a privatized and marketized system of care homes for vulnerable older people, particularly as the regulator appears powerless to take effective action in such circumstances.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: care homes, older people, privatization, regulation, residential care
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 10:44
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 14:05

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