Concerns have been raised about councils’ ability to monitor the quality of home care after research found one in six had at least 50 providers on their books.
Research published by Unison found nine councils had over 100 providers they were prepared to do business with while 31 had at least 50. The union’s Freedom of Information request was answered by 196 of the 212 councils or health and social care trusts that have social services responsibilities in the UK.
The union warned that doing business with so many providers undermined councils’ ability to effectively monitor quality.
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