Harrogate home owner calls for urgent reform

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

An owner of a nursing home in Harrogate has criticised the Government for what she terms “intransigence” over reform legislation concerning nursing homes. Mrs Tone Lightowler, the owner and matron of the 25-bed Adam nursing home, is calling on nursing home owners to write to their local Members of Parliament to draw awareness to the industry’s plight. “Staff morale in many of Harrogate’s nursing homes is now at rock bottom because of problems within the industry,” Mrs Lightowler said. “Unless the Government acts quickly the standard of care in Harrogate homes could fall.” Mrs Lightowler said more than 300,000 jobs were provided by nursing homes but that many of these jobs were now under threat. “During the last few years nursing homes have been hit by a succession of unhelpful legislation,” she said. “These include the withdrawal of the ability to claim back VAT and new employment regulations. “One of the most frustrating aspects of the current situation is that while the NHS will meet the medical costs assoc

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