SCF Event – What does the future hold for the care sector in Scotland?

On Thursday 7 December 2017, the Scottish Competition Forum and Brodies LLP hosted an event to discuss the CMA’s study of the care homes market and the application of competition and consumer law in this sector of the economy.

The Competition & Markets Authority has been studying the care homes market. Its initial findings flagged potential concerns including how competition operates in the sector, the compliance of some care homes with consumer protection law, and the sector’s ability to attract enough investment to cope with rising demand. The CMA’s final report was published at the end of November, with recommendations on how these and other issues might be addressed.

Following hot on the heels of the CMA’s final report, the SCF held an event on the care sector market study, with Douglas Cooper, the CMA’s Project Director on the study, presenting on the report’s conclusions and recommendations, and answering audience questions about what they might mean for the future of the sector. We were also joined by three other speakers offering their perspectives on the CMA’s conclusions and the sector generally:

  • Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care;
  • Paula McLeay, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care at COSLA; and
  • Eva Groeneveld, Head of Public Affairs Scotland at the consumer body Which?