Private/NHS regulators to be separate entities

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

The Government is insisting on separate regulatory bodies for independent care and the NHS. Health Secretary Alan Milburn reasserted the Government’s determination to create two bodies when the Care Standards Bill reached the Commons after being significantly changed by the Lords. The peers had rejected the twin approach by passing an amendment introducing a single agency but the Health Secretary told MPs the original proposals for a Commission for Health Improvement to cover the NHS with the private and voluntary sectors covered by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) would still go ahead. Among the NCSC’s responsibilities will be the task of monitoring and maintaining standards in around 30,000 care homes including, for the first time, council-run homes. The Lords were concerned that dividing responsibilities between two regulatory bodies might lead to confusion and possibly different standards, but the only concession to those concerns offered by Mr Milburn was a promise both agencies would work c

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