RNHA attacks free nursing care funding level

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

Free nursing care for elderly people in nursing homes ­ a Government pledge in the general election ­ looks likely to be priced at an unrealistically low level, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). Just £10 a day is the figure being proposed to cover the cost of all the nursing care provided to a nursing home patient. Responding to Government proposals published in mid-July, RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the RNHA would challenge the basis on which the nursing component of care has been costed. Mr Ursell said the Government¹s figures presumed that a standard level of nursing care could be provided adequately for £10 per patient per day. “This figure, the Government claims, would pay for all the care provided each day to a patient by a registered nurse, as well as the time spent by the nurse in supervising care provided by other staff,” Mr Ursell said. “For patients with particularly complex needs, the Government has calculated the cost at just over £15 a day. For those wi

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