NCHA/RNHA merger back on the front burner

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

|By Geoff Hodgson| Caring Times understands that talks have been resumed between the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) and the National Care Homes Association (NCHA) with the objective of merging the two organisations. A merger of the two major trade groups representing private providers in the long term care sector was announced in September, 1998 but was then called off at the 11th hour in June the following year with no specific reason given by either association. Many industry leaders, both before and since the failed merger of 1999, have deplored the lack of representative unity in the long term care sector and increasingly, home owners have begun to lobby politicians directly. In recent months, care home owners have responded to the present funding crisis by forming ad hoc groups and organising protest meetings and marches outside the auspices of any recognised association. At present, neither the NCHA nor the RNHA are making any official comment on the progress of the merger and this is unders

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