ECCA study identifies shared concerns

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

|At year¹s end, Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON examines the significance of a major study launched in September| During this last year, 2004, the long term care sector has been marked with corporate megadeals at one end of the market, and by the loss of thousands of beds at the other end, as smaller providers continue to implement their exit strategies. In the regulation sphere, there has been the advent of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (ŒSea-Sky¹ for spoken convenience, CSCI for political correctness). This has replaced the National Care Standards Commission, which many of us will recall with a shudder. CSCI is still finding its feet, as is the English Community Care Association (ECCA) which formed when the independent hospitals jumped ship from the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) in January. However, in its first months ECCA commissioned an important study which has laid to rest the criticism that ECCA was a single-issue association concerned only with fees, and which has brought

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