Easing the pressure on the NHS

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

As the NHS races towards modernisation, new choices and opportunities are opening up to the independent care sector. Whether to spectate or run alongside the NHS is a key question. Independent Healthcare Association executive director of community care Ann Mackay believes that for many independent residential care and nursing homes the answer will be to join the race. While it is difficult to predict what new government announcements and initiatives will be published over the next few days and weeks, it is worth a quick resumÞ of where we are and how we got here. In its widely publicised and distributed 1996 publication Independent Perspectives on Health and Social Care, the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) called for “more imaginative and flexible public purchasing of health and social care”. In particular it pointed out that so called bed-blocking in the NHS was wasting at least £3 million per week. “Often”, the IHA said, “an independent provider can provide a better quality service at a lower co

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