New Bill designed to tighten up regulation

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

The Government’s new Care Standards Bill will scrap the eight proposed regional Commissions for Care Standards, instituting instead a single commission. Marion Witton says the Bill contains other surprises which providers of quality care should welcome. The annual joint National Heads of Inspection and Registration (NHIR) and National Nursing Homes Inspectors Advisory Group (NNAG) conference on December 2 coincided with the first reading of the Care Standards Bill in the House of Lords. It was not the first time that delegates attending NHIR/NNAG conferences found themselves to be in the right place at the right time. The 1998 annual conference fell just days before the publication of the White Paper – Modernising Social Services and, with even more accuracy, the draft National Standards for the care of older people were launched on the same day (to the relief of the organisers) as the seminar on that topic. What made this year’s conference different was that, apart from the fact that attendees were unaware

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