The Care Collapse: The imminent crisis in residential care and its impact on the NHS

ResPublica has undertaken research assessing the state of the residential care industry, including an analysis of its future financial viability.

This will inform a full report, to be published in the new year, setting out our broader vision of the future of care providers: acting as the 'agents of integration' in a more joined-up health and social care system.

In short, it found a funding gap of over £1 billion for older people's residential care alone by 2020/21, which could result in the loss of around 37,000 beds.

In addition, they predict if all these care home lost beds were to flow through to hospitals in this way, the annual cost to the NHS would total £3 billion.