Anstead: newly-formed body is the ‘true representational voice of social care’

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

The Independent Healthcare Association (IHA), which recently announced a refocusing of its activities onto longer term health and social care only, and English Care (which describes itself as the largest representational body in the long term care sector) are joining forces, a combination which the two bodies say will represent the vast majority of care beds in England. English Care was formed in early 2003 and has quickly established a substantial membership of more than 300,000 care beds in England on the back of consistent calls for an independent review of the true cost of care. The organisation was formed to campaign for better levels of funding from local authorities for older and disabled people in residential care. Following the recent withdrawal of many acute and mental health operators from the IHA, the Community Care Board agreed to continue with the association and have now agreed terms with English Care under which the two memberships will come together under the name English Community Care Assoc

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