Independent care home owners ask, ŒWhere¹s the partnership?¹

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

Comments by health minister Jacqui Smith in a Department of Health press release which allege that independent care home providers are artificially inflating fees have been condemned by the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) which says they will inflame beleaguered providers and do nothing to address the key concerns of both providers and older people receiving care. IHA chief executive Barry Hassell said the minister¹s “package of measures” denigrate the independent sector and fail to recognise the independent sector as partners in delivering care for older people. “Last Autumn, the Government issued its Building Capacity and Partnership in Care document in which one of the objectives was to stabilise the care home market,” Mr Hassell said. “Following the minister¹s comments, one now has to ask Å’where¹s the partnership? The minister¹s inflammatory statement fails to acknowledge that care home fees would need to increase, irrespective of there being a free nursing care policy or not, if we are not

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