Ladyman announces increase in nursing care funding


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

Health minister Dr Stephen Ladyman has announced increases in the level of funding for older people receiving nursing care in care homes. From April 1, 2005, older people assessed as being in the “high band” will receive a funding ncrease of £4 a week from £125 to £129. The “medium band” rate will increase from £77.50 to £80 per week, and the low band will remain at £40 per week with Primary Care Trusts continuing to have the flexibility in deciding, on a case by case basis, to pay an amount between the low and medium band depending on need. Dr Ladyman said the increases had been made as part of the Government¹s commitment to reassess the bands of nursing care. “Following last year’s assessment, I am pleased that we will be able to offer further increases in funding for care home residents from next April,” Dr Ladyman said. “These increases are, once again, in line with the increases in nurses¹ pay. “In the New Year we will be working with Strategic Health Authorities and other stakeholders to draft a





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