Ladyman announces ‘best practice’ commissioning workshops
Health minister Stephen may invite members of local care home associations to attend a scheduled series of workshops in 2004 for the purpose of developing best practice in respect of local authority commissioning. Dr Ladyman said the determination of fee levels for care homes should remain at local government level. He believes central government has provided sufficient funding to local authorities to the meet the needs of their communities. “Local authorities must work with the independent care sector and agree on a year on year pricing strategy that reflects the costs of providing care in their locality,” Dr Ladyman said. The workshops have been designed for representatives of local authorities as the purchasers of publicly funded care packages, but Dr Ladyman agreed that the development of ‘best practice’ might well be more effectively balanced if representatives of local care home associations were invited to the workshops and agreed to consider their participation.