9% increase in registration fees – a psychological straw for struggling providers

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

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A proposal by the Care Quality Commission to increase registration fees for adult social care providers by 9% has been criticised strongly by provider representative body Care England.

In its response to the CQC consultation on fee increases Care England said that, while it supported the regulator’s direction of travel, CQC had still to deliver changes for a sustainable amount of time and that registration fees should not be increased when the improvements promised by CQC were still to be delivered consistently.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the fee increases were being proposed when local authorities had cut their adult social care budgets by 26% since 2010, the equivalent of £3.53bn.

“This proposed 9% increase might, for some providers who are really struggling, be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” said Prof. Green.

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CQC publishes Special Measures proposals

Posted on January 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

– closing date for consultation comments:
Friday, January 30th

By Lester Aldridge solicitor PETER GROSE

At the end of December 2014 CQC released its long awaited proposals for special measures. The proposals will have a significant impact for all registered providers. It will be all too easy to enter special measures and risk cancellation of registration. The keys points are as follows:

Entry point of special measures: When CQC carries out a comprehensive inspection against the five “key questions” (ie is the service safe, caring, responsive, effective and well led?) and two of those key questions are rated as Inadequate, CQC says that not only will the entire service be rated as Inadequate but this will also result in immediate entry into the special measures process.
Special measures can be entered even if a comprehensive inspection results in only one of the key questions being rated … Read More »

Four Seasons agrees revised corporate credit facility

Posted on December 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Four Seasons Health Care group has reached agreement with its banks in respect of its £40m corporate credit facility, with the existing covenant under that facility replaced with a gross ‘super senior’ leverage covenant.

Four Seasons says the revised facility, which matures in three years (December 2017), provides sufficient headroom to enable the group to implement its medium term operational and strategic plans. Four Seasons chairman Ian Smith said the group had now restructured its operations into three businesses, each has its own chief executive and senior team in place and they had begun implementing their plans to develop the three businesses.

“I welcome this new affirmation of support from our banks which combined with the group’s ample liquidity, means we are well placed to drive our strategy in the coming years,” said Mr Smith.

The businesses created as a result … Read More »

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