‘Look at Europe’ Smith urges funding commission
Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith has sounded a sceptical note in response to the launch of the new government commission on social care funding and says the new body should look to overseas models.
“Déjà vu” are the only words to describe where the sector now finds itself in relation to the funding of long term care of older people,” Mr Smith told Caring Times. “It has been 13 years since the then Labour government first established a Royal Commission on this issue when they gained power in 1997, to then only largely dismiss its findings.
“More than a decade later nothing seems to have changed. In 2010 another Commission (albeit not Royal) has been established by the Coalition government. We understand that the Commission will be reporting in 12 months time on its findings with a view to legislation being passed in the second half of 2011. One wonders whether this will, indeed, become realit