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Coronavirus: ‘Colossal’ insurance costs threaten to make care homes ‘go out of business’

Aug 21, 2020

A lack of insurance cover for the coronavirus and rising insurance renewal premiums are threatening to put care homes ‘out of business’, care leaders warn. Mike Padgham, managing director of St Cecilia’s Care Group and chair of the Independent Care Group (ICG), which represents care homes, says his premium has skyrocketed. Care home director faced…

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Care providers reporting hike in insurance premiums

Aug 20, 2020

Care providers are reporting that their insurance premiums have ‘risen exponentially’ as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mike Padgham, who runs a nursing home and three care homes at Saint Cecilia’s Care Group in Scarborough, Yorkshire, previously paid £10,000 per year but when it came to renew his policy he was quoted £98,000, a…

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Yorkshire Care Provider Facing Covid-19 Insurance Battle

Aug 20, 2020

Call for Government help amidst coronavirus crisis A Yorkshire care provider is calling for urgent Government intervention after finding it almost impossible to get insurance for his business during the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Padgham says he was quoted up to an 880% increase in insurance premiums to get cover for his nursing home and three…

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PM urged to channel Churchill and employ ‘action this day’ on social care reform

Jul 30, 2020

A year ago on Friday, making his victory speech outside Downing Street, Mr Johnson said: “I am announcing now – on the steps of Downing Street – that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared.” But the “clear plan” has yet to appear,…

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Merged care organisations ‘would speak more loudly’

Jul 30, 2020

Social care organisations like Care England, the National Care Association (NCA), United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and the National Care Forum (NCF) should merge to strengthen lobbying efforts, according to Independent Care Group (ICG). ICG chairman Mike Padgham (pictured) said a merger is necessary for the social care sector to press for the government for…

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