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Nursing homes welcome chief inspector’s comments on funding

Posted on August 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Nursing homes welcome chief inspector’s comments on funding

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed comments by the Care Quality Commission’s chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, about the importance of adequate funding in enabling nursing homes and other care providers to deliver good quality care.

RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said it was gratifying that Mrs Sutcliffe had felt able to acknowledge the funding crisis now faced by those in the front line of social care.

“Mrs Sutcliffe had reminded the local authorities who commission social care that they need to understand what the true cost of care is, what true quality looks like and to make sure that providers are given the necessary funding to achieve expected standards,” said Mr Ursell.

“We, in the nursing home sector, applaud her for saying what needs to be said. Quality costs money. If the responsible public bodies, … Read More »


‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

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In the wake of the urgent closures by the Care Quality Commission of the Merok Park nursing home in Surrey last December and the more recent closure of the Old Village School Hall nursing home in Bedfordshire, the charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called for a change in the law to protect residents affected by urgent closures.

AEA says that, in the case of Merok Park, the transfer arrangement collapsed into confusion and chaos, with 26 residents moved in winter, at night and in the cold. In the case of the Old Village School Hall some 50 residents were moved, many after 6.30pm and some after 10pm, with some relatives describing the process as having caused huge distress to old, vulnerable people.

AEA has written to care minister Alistair Burt, calling for a change in the legal status … Read More »


‘Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,’ says Care England

Posted on August 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,’ says Care England

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Care home operators who are members of the representative body Care England say they will no longer pay retainers to GP practices. Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said many care homes throughout the country have to pay GPs to visit residents, and that this was clearly at odds with a health service for all.

“Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,” said Prof. Green.

“This should be no surprise to GPs as we have been making arguments regarding their unfairness for many years. One of our members is paying £70,000 per month and this is unacceptable. NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has gone on record in his Five Year Forward Plan for the NHS, emphasising the importance of care home residents having the access to healthcare that they would if they were living in their … Read More »





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