Corporates plead for clarity
Health and Social Care Bill – provision of free nursing care – how will the NHS provide this? As government plans for the future funding of long term care look increasingly shambolic, Sancroft Corporate Services director Richard Ellert, was asked by a number of care home providers to write an open letter to Prime Minister TONY BLAIR, asking just how “free nursing care” for older people in care homes will be funded. Dear Prime Minister, At a meeting, held on Monday, January 22, 2001, with 30 leading UK care home operators who, between them, operate more than 80,000 care home beds, I was asked to write to you, in an open letter, to express their concerns about Clauses 48 and 49 of the Health and Social Care Bill, and to seek clarification as to how the NHS intends to provide free nursing care to residents of care homes. At March 31, 2000, the Department of Health1s Community Care Statistics 2000 stated that there were 5,900 nursing care homes and private hospitals and clinics operating 194,000 registered beds.