IHA keen to implement the plans outlined in Concordat

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

The Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) says it looks forward to taking the Concordat, which it signed with the Government in October, forward towards implementation. The Concordat, signed by IHA¹s chief executive Barry Hassell and Health Secretary Alan Milburn, places an important emphasis on the role played by independent sector nursing and residential care homes in delivering intermediate care. Health minister John Hutton has subsequently announced plans for further discussions with the independent care sector which are expected to build on proposals for the use of independent sector nursing and residential care homes for the benefit of NHS patients outlined in the Concordat. IHA chief executive Barry Hassell said his association was delighted that the Concordat was developing at such a pace, and that it was always going to be a process for change. “We are naturally enthusiastic about John Hutton¹s intention to move this on to a second phase and about the IHA¹s involvement,” Mr Hassell said. “The i

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