Parker: regulation is driving out abuse

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

National Care Standards Commission chair Anne Parker has told the Parliamentary Health Select Committee Enquiry into Elder Abuse that the national regulatory system is helping to drive out abuse of older people in England. In her report to the committee in late January, Mrs Parker said one in ten complaints received by the NCSC from members of the public in 2002-2003 had made a specific allegation of abuse. “However, the majority of complaints received allege poor practice or neglect, which may, in effect, constitute abuse,” Mrs Parker said. “For example, NCSC analysis suggests only 45 per cent of care homes for older people meet the standards for administering and handling medication, which is a significant area of concern. “Although there is still a long way to go, the work of the NCSC has marked a concerted effort to tackle the problem of elder abuse, which the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) can build on from April 2004.” Mrs Parker said much of the work around preventing elder abuse still la

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