NCA accuses Department of Health of double standards over managers’ accountability
A draft set of regulations that could virtually exempt NHS managers from the same duties of care demanded of the private care sector, would set a double standard, according to the National Care Association (NCA).
The Department of Health has just completed consulting on a draft set of regulations – The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Registration Requirements) Regulations 2009 – which state that, where the service provider is an organisation or partnership or is not or does not intend to be in full-time day-to-day charge of carrying on the regulated activity, a registered manager must be appointed. However, it clearly states that this draft regulation applies to all regulated activity except for English NHS providers. NCA chairman Nadra Ahmed has condemned the proposal in the strongest terms.
‘It is absurd that we have always been told that the same standards of care will apply to both independent sector care, independent health providers and the NHS, yet here we clearly see double standards being a