Cross charging marks a Œmissed opportunity¹

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

The £300 million funding received by local authorities to help them pay fines for delayed discharges of older people from hospital would be more advisably spent in avoiding delayed discharge in the first place, says the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) arguing that the Government has missed an opportunity to stabilise the independent care sector. The fees paid for care of older people by local authorities have fallen well short of the costs faced by providers for many years, and the IHA believes that the £300m over three years presents a vital, and possibly final, opportunity for local authorities to redress the funding shortfall faced by independent sector care home providers. IHA chief executive Barry Hassell said that ultimately, better funding for care of older people in the independent sector and better communication between local authorities and the independent sector would lead to stabilised services for older people, and offer swifter access to the high quality care they need upon discharge

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