Hike in registration fees could impact on quality of care

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

Reacting to the Department of Health’s announcement on the 15 per cent increase in fees for care home registration and inspection, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) says care home providers need full cost recovery in order to achieve the high standards of care expected of them, and which they aspire to deliver. ECCA chief executive Martin Green said local authorities must expect the fee increase to impact on the negotiation process that takes place with providers over the next few weeks”. Following the Department of Health’s announcement in mid-February, all care homes will have to pay a 15 per cent increase on fees for registration and inspection to cover the costs of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). For example it will now cost £99 per annum per bed whereas last year it cost £86 and if the care home manager changes in any one home, care homes will need to find a further £596 to re-register, as opposed to £518 last year. “Scotland has reduced its regulation and inspection fee

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