Hassell: unity issue must be tackled

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

The independent health and social care sector is one littered with division and fragmentation, according to Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) chief executive Barry Hassell. Writing in the IHA magazine Focus Mr Hassell said the sector was facing potentially the most important phase of its history. “In nursing and residential care, the challenge of continuing to meet the quality expectations of a growing customer base, against the backdrop of unviable local authority fee levels, looms large,” Mr Hassell said. “The only way in which the sector can realistically expect to meet the challenge is through a united presentation of major objectives and achievements. “Our sector provides more health and social care beds than the NHS and local authorities combined. It employs more than 750,000 people. It provides 150 million bed-nights of long term care per year and has invested £315 billion of private capital. It is a sector with much to be proud of.” Mr Hassell said that, while the sector had the the potential

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