ADSS: opportunity to phase out the substandard homes

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

Major independent providers will continue to grow with smaller homes taking a lesser role in the provision of nursing care, according to evidence given in January to the House of Commons Health Committee by the Association of Directors of Social Services. “The introduction of new national required standards for nursing homes and integrated regulation would offer the opportunity to phase out physically substandard accommodation,” the directors’ report said. “This could be achieved over a period of time to be defined by Government. Although there may be some local supply side issues to be faced, such a change need not result in market instability or a shortfall in places. “We recognise these are major issues and are a source of concern to some providers. It is, however, an opportunity for consistent regulation and a meeting of expectations of purchasers and patients.” The ADSS said Department of Health statistics showed that between 1993/4 and 1997/8 there had been an annual increase of 3% in the number of nurs

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