Hutton gives assurances

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

Members of care home associations in Lancashire have met with junior health minister John Hutton who, they say, has given assurances on many of the issues which have created a climate of uncertainty in the long term care sector. In a joint report on the meeting issued by the Lancashire Care Association and the Lunesdale Association of Care Providers, Mr Hutton is reported to have made clear that the Government’s position was to have a thriving independent residential and nursing home sector where care was of a demonstrably high quality. “I believe effective partnerships must be developed by health and social services authorities with independent sector care homes as a priority, as this offers a potential win-win solution,” Mr Hutton said. Mr Hutton told Lancashire providers there would be national standards but not as many as the 260 in the draft consultation document. The idea of setting rigid staffing ratios would not be adopted as it is quality outcomes that were important. Mr Hutton is also reported to ha

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