Regulation of nursing agencies provides additional safeguards

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

By Marion Witton It is a strange phenomenon that when a threat of dercgulation looms, it is the providers who fiercely defend the regulatory systems. This was very evident in the mid-1990s when residential and nursing homes were thrown into the deregulation basket, alongside other small businesses which were apparently failing to thrive because of too much red tape. It was the owners and managers who said they liked regulation because it stopped the cowboys from undercutting them. Now it has been the turn of the owners of nursing agencies. In May l999 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) put out a consultation document on the Regulation of the Private Recruitment Industry. A note contained in the document highlighted the fact that the Employment Agencies Act 1973 did not apply to nurses agencies which supply registered nurses and midwives under the Nurscs Agencies Act I957, although in practice many such agencies also “have associated with them separate operations involved in the supply of other worker

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