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We must commission for quality to avoid ‘sleepwalking into disaster’

Posted on August 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A social care leader has called for fundamental changes to tackle a dire shortage of nurses in Wales. The scarcity of medically trained staff is leading to nursing home closures which will push the NHS beyond breaking point, according to Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft.

One of the major causes of the problem, says Mr Kreft, is the flawed way in which social care is commissioned.

“The commissioning process should be about quality and securing value for money and not about paying the lowest possible price,” said Mr Kreft, speaking after it was announced that two homes in the Bridgend area were closing. HC-One, which owns Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn and Southmead Grange in South Cornelly, blamed “a national shortage of nursing staff” for the “very difficult decision”.

Mr Kreft said the closures were symptomatic of the problems affecting care … Read More »


RNHA says minister’s comments lack balance

Posted on August 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has accused care minister Norman Lamb MP of besmirching the reputation of care homes across the country with ill-chosen, over-generalised comments likely to create a negative impression of the quality of service they provide.

Responding to remarks attributed to Mr Lamb, who claimed that care homes can be ‘austere and alien’, RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said such a description clashed with the findings of a survey that asked care home residents what they thought of their care.

“Nearly nine out of ten (86%) of the sample interviewed told researchers that they had a say in arranging their own room,” said Mr Ursell.

“In addition, almost all of them (98%) said they felt comfortable and safe in their care home.

The survey, carried out by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent … Read More »


RNHA unhappy with threat of more use of courts

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) says it is surprised and disappointed that the Care Quality Commission expects in future to be much more likely to use the courts to improve standards in failing care homes.

This follows comments by CQC chairman David Prior about plans to strengthen his legal team and gear-up for a greater use of the court system to settle disputes about the quality of care being provided.

RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said it would be more appropriate for Mr Prior to be talking about ways of strengthening the help he and his inspection teams could give to care homes that are struggling to meet the requisite standards.

“We in the RNHA are disappointed that the chairman of the regulator is going down this highly adversarial route,” said Mr Ursell.

“The money the CQC chairman intends to spend … Read More »





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