Driving standards ‘back to the future’

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

With the publication on March 2 of the long-awaited National Minimum Standards, beleaguered care home owners have been quick to condemn them as a nightmare spawned by a deranged bureaucracy. Possibly the most trenchant in its criticism is the Hampshire Care Association (HCA) whose members are stunned, they say, by the Department of Health1s confirmation that many will have to tear out toilet areas in en-suite rooms in order to comply with the new space standards. While welcoming the fact that many of the extravagances contained in the original “Fit for the Future” document have been removed, HCA chairman Ronnie Cairnduff said there was deep concern about the effects on existing homes of a number of the physical standards. “We have been waiting since July for health minister John Hutton to clarify what is meant by Å’spacious1 rooms,” Mr Cairnduff said. “How can a standard which requires a resident to swap his private toilet for a commode to be promoting better quality of care? “The ruling that room sizes will

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