Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP, HC-One chairman, said that the news represents a “true highlight” of his 30-year career, which started as a junior doctor on NHS wards in Southampton. He said: “HC-One seeks to provide the very best and kindest care across our homes. We are building an organisation that residents and families can rely on, one which can withstand future uncertainties."
Care homes are teetering “on the edge” and a chronic shortage of funding risks “catastrophic failure” within the National Health Service, the businessman expected to be the biggest operator of residential homes has warned. Chai Patel, chairman of HC-One, which could take over more than 120 homes from Bupa, predicted that six national chains would emerge to dominate the market by benefiting from economies of scale.