Don’t rush for the exit

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

|NCSC chair Anne Parker speaks to Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson| On the day that the “Coalition for Quality in Care” expressed its “profound disappointment” at health minister Jacqui Smith1s guidance on regulations and National Minimum Standards, I asked Anne Parker, chair of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC), what message she had for care home owners and operators. “Don’t let the standards scare you out of the business,” was her immediate response. “The standards are not going to be enforced from day one on April 1st,” Mrs Parker said. “At the end of this first year the NCSC will, for the first time, be able to say what the quality of the market is. We will be able to say which care homes are exceeding the standards, which are meeting them, which are not – and what these latter homes will need to do.” Mrs Parker said it needed time to determine whether the minister’s guidance to walk softly regarding physical standards was a timely intervention to maintain stability in the sector, or whether

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