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Letters Care homes post-covid-19

Care homes: reversing decades of policy neglect

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 01 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n562
  1. Clive Bowman, honorary visiting professor
  1. School of Health Sciences, City, University of London, London EC1R 1UW, UK
  1. bowmanclive{at}

Manthorpe and Iliffe go some way to identifying the risk of failure in the care home market, but their suggestion of an NHS franchise model (like that which underpins general practice) is a reflex solution based on their frustration with the current impasse around funding and access.1 Starting with a clear understanding of the role of care homes now and in the future might be …

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