‘Don’t sign’ says LCA

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

The Lancashire Care Association (LCA) has advised its care home members not to sign what the LCA describes as “unfair and probably illegal” contracts with local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). As part of the introduction of the NHS funding nursing care in care homes the Department of Health (DoH) has issued model contracts for local PCTs to modify to suit local circumstances, but LCA chief executive Paul Simmic says the PCTs are refusing to draw-up balanced and fair contracts. “Having tried for over a year to make progress with local PCTs, and having recently tried, unsuccessfully, to involve the Strategic Health Authority, the LCA has reluctantly taken this action,” Mr Simmic said. “It is regrettable that we must take this action to protect our members from a public body such as the NHS. Despite best efforts on our part, the issues have failed to be addressed by the NHS, the Strategic Health Authority or the PCTs. I was especially disappointed that our letter to the Strategic Health Authority in Lancashire didn1

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