Caring for the elderly and vulnerable has become big business. Private equity groups looking to make huge returns have piled into the sector in recent years, lured by the promise of a steady income from an ageing population.
But with coronavirus-related fatalities in care homes rising at alarming rates, the promise of large profits appears increasingly at odds with serving some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
Care home deaths from coronavirus have risen nearly tenfold in a week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures. Fatalities reached 217 for the week ending April 3, up from 20 recorded