ECCA: no rush for new rules on fee disclosures

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

There should be no rush to implement new rules about information on care home fees and prices, according to the English Community Care Association (ECCA). In responding to the Department of Health’s (DoH) consultation on the provision of information about prices and fees in care homes, which proposes that care homes should have a limited amount of time in which to provide information to residents (prospective and existing) about fees and prices, ECCA said this practice was already common among ECCA members and others in the independent sector, but as the Office of Fair Trading’s Care Home Report highlighted, it was important to make this as widespread as possible. ECCA does not share the DoH’s anxiety to rush through the changes to coincide with other separate regulations to be implemented in April. ECCA does however want the proposed regulations to be equally applied to social services and the NHS in order that they are transparent, clear and timely in the relevant funding information they give to care homes

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