ŒAgenda for change¹ pay deal could spell disaster for care home sector

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

News of a massive pay deal for nurses under the Government¹s “Agenda for Change” could have major repercussions for the already beleaguered independent care home sector, warns the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA). Staffing overheads are currently the most significant factor on costs for homes caring for older people and others with special needs. With fees from local authorities remaining artificially low, many homes have been forced into closure in recent years with the consequent loss of tens of thousands of beds. IHA chief executive Barry Hassell said those care homes which remained were caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. “It is only right that nurses should be rewarded for their ongoing commitment to care,” Mr Hassell said. “However the serious lack of funding from local authorities means that independent care home providers will not be in a position to attract the highest quality and skilled nursing staff. Those that seek to do so under this new pay deal will see their costs increas

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