Bottomley goes in to bat for voluntary and private care providers

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

Sweeping reforms to protect voluntary residential homes from a looming financial crisis are being sought by former Tory health secretary Virginia Bottomley. Changes include stopping councils flouting court decisions on fees, indemnifying charity trustees and extending the scope of the late payment laws. The alternative, says Mrs Bottomley, will mean all voluntary homes having to seek judicial reviews against local authorities which refuse to adequately fund the residents they place. But junior Health Minister John Hutton reckons it is “a bit rich” for the ex-Secretary of State to complain about a system she introduced. Mrs Bottomley spelled out her fears for voluntary sector homes during a special Commons debate. Her concerns were focused specifically on the financial problems currently confronting the more than 100-year-old Meath Home in her South West Surrey constituency. Meath Home is a residential home owned by the Meath Trust, a voluntary sector organisation. The home is registered for 56 learning disabl

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