MORE cash is needed in care homes in Yorkshire is needed to meet a shortfall in the service.

That was the view of a health care expert at a major regional conference.

Mike Coster, Associate Director of Healthcare Yorkshire and North East for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), was speaking in Shipley.

He told 60 local care home operators that the sector's changing landscape, which had forced smaller nursing homes to close and the supply of beds to fall, had placed 15,000 residential and UK nursing homes at risk.

"While regulation has forced the industry to change, at the same time it has focused attention towards ensuring the quality of care homes is robust to meet the needs of our ageing population.

"We're pleased with the interest in this seminar as it demonstrates the commitment from local health care providers to improving the sector," said Mr Coster.

He added: "We're a long-term supporter of the health care sector and are committed to seeing investment and development in West Yorkshire continue."