National minimum standards: timetable for room ratio remains unclear

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

|By Geoff Hodgson| It1s official: National Minimum Standards for care homes will not be implemented until 2007. However, the lack of any unambiguous Government statement means confusion continues to reign over the time scale for the introduction of the 80:20 shared room ratio. In his opening address to the annual conference of the National Care Homes Association in early November, NCHA chairman Barry Hartley announced the new time frame for implementation of the standards. “The NCHA has had a significant influence in making these standards workable,” Mr Hartley said. “Who knows, with a change of policy, even p[ossibly a change of Government, the standards may never be implemented at all.” Health minister John Hutton confirmed the new time scale on BBC Radio Four a week later, in response to a question from NCHA chief executive Sheila Scott, by saying: “Physical standards will not be implemented until 2007.” However, doubt remains as to whether to single-to-double room ratio is included as one of the physical

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