BFCHP: authorities must not Œjump the gun¹ on regulation

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

Health minister John Hutton has reiterated that local authorities must not impose any new regulations on private providers of long term care before the new rules have come into force. At a meeting with members of the British Federation of Care Home Proprietors (BFCHP) in October, Mr Hutton is reported to have been anxious that plans were in place to meet pressures imposed by a possible ¹flu epidemic this winter. BFCHP president Tony Pittaccio said his association told the minister that there was spare capacity to accommodate people who would otherwise be blocking beds in hospitals. “However, the minister must act to make sure that local authorities work with the private sector, and that they are given proper resources to meet emergencies,” Mr Pittaccio said. “Emergencies mean last minute decisions which leave no time for means testing and assessments. Local authorities must therefore be financially accountable for all placements. “Mr Hutton was also quite firm in his instruction that local authorities must n

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