European group lists common concerns

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

At the latest Congress of the European Confederation of Care Home Organisations (ECHO) in Barcelona, the representatives of private care associations from 13 EU-member-states agreed on a political six-point-paper. Founded in 1989 and based in Brussels, ECHO is an umbrella organisation of private care facilities, representing more than one million nursing care placements. The proposals contained in the six-point-paper are: # Fair competition between private and public nursing care providers: No advantages for public and welfare facilities i.e. unilateral support. # Equal taxation: Facilities which provide similar services should not be taxed differently. # Equal legal framework requirements: Differences in access to the internal markets i.e. related to the Services Directive are not legitimate. # Adequate funding of services: Achieving high quality standards requires adequate provision of resources. # Promotion of the “job-generator nursing care”: Tax-benefits and flexible working conditions create jobs an

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