Jewish care providers condemn NHS London care costs decision
Caring Times, April 2013
Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, key providers of residential nursing care to the Jewish community, are opposing NHS London’s decision to impose an upper limit of £700 per week per person for the provision of residential nursing care.
The care sector’s provider/umbrella associations had been given assurances by NHS London that there would be proper negotiation and both the contract and the price would be mutually agreed and reflect the assessed needs of the client.
In a joint statement Simon Morris, chief executive of Jewish Care and Leon Smith, chief executive of Nightingale Hammerson said: “Having looked carefully at our costs, we as Jewish organisations cannot provide the required quality of care for Jewish people who need ongoing support for the £700/week which is being imposed on us. It is therefore with deep reluctance that we have each decided not to participate in the commissioning process imposed on us by NHS London.
”This is another case of the statutory authorities asking charitable organisations to subsidise the services they should be paying for. We feel that accepting this deal would mean that the NHS would be not be fulfilling its duty of care to this most vulnerable group of people. Moreover, we have a responsibility to maximise the use of funds given to us by generous donors. To subsidise the cost of care to such a great extent, care which should be paid for by the NHS, is not, in our opinion, a wise use of our funds. We will, of course, be working with local health officials to ensure the Jewish community receives the appropriate residential nursing care.”