DoH announces further delay to standards review

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

National Minimum Standards (NMS) for adult social care services are to remain on the statute books for another two years. In a statement issued to national representative bodies in June, the Department of Health (DoH) said it would abandon the present consultation on the NMS and work towards introducing a new system of regulation in 2009. “As you are aware, we have been debating how the ongoing review of National Minimum Standards might best fit with wider work on the future regulation of health and adult social care,” the DoH said in its statement to the associations. “We listened to your concerns about a two-stage approach to changes in standards. As a result, we have decided not to consult on an interim set of national minimum standards now. Instead, we will build on the work done so far, to develop an effective regulatory system to be implemented from April 2009. “We are aware that this decision will affect the new methodology the Commission for Social Care Inspection is developing to publish qual

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