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PRIVATE HOME CARE BOOMING

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Private home care services are expanding rapidly, according to a report from the department of health. ...
Private home care services are expanding rapidly, according to a report from the department of health.

Reported in the Financial Times (p10), the report says the number of hours of home help and care for the elderly rose by 4% last year to 2.5m, but the number of hours provided by private providers under contract to local authorities rose by 26%.

Independent home care providers now account for 36% of the total market, compared to just 2% in 1992. The industry was highly fragmented with only a few providers having an annual turnover of over£10m, the report said.
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