Lords reject Œcross charging¹ Bill

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

A Bill to introduce “cross charging” has been defeated in the House of Lords, delaying any future implementation to April next year. The Government had wanted to put in place a system whereby local authorities which failed to find care home places, or provide suitable homecare packages, to elderly people awaiting hospital discharge, would be fined, with the revenue being remitted to the Department of Health to fund the continued hospitalisation. In response to an outcry by local authorities and the Local Government Association (LGA) the Government announced in November a funding injection of £100 million, to help local authorities fund more long term care. The LGA however, said much of the extra money would be spent in paying the fines and said the system “flew in the face of common sense”. Having been kicked into the long grass by the Lords, many hope the proposal will remain there. The Lords defeated the bill by a vote of 153 to 123 and the narrow majority could encourage the Government to be more robust i

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