RNHA blasts Wirral over cut in fees
Wirral Councilâ€™s department of adult social services has come under fire for a unilateral cut it has made in the fees it pays to nursing homes caring for elderly patients who qualify for financial support from the local authority.
The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has called the councilâ€™s move a â€œslap in the faceâ€ for care providers.
Wirral Council has terminated all its existing contracts with nursing homes and has given them a â€œtake it or leave itâ€ ultimatum either to accept an immediate cut in their fees or to stop providing services to the local authority. It means that every council-funded patient in every nursing home throughout Wirral will see around â£14 a week lopped off the amount paid by the council to meet the costs of the care of each council-funded resident. In a typical 40-bed nursing home, this amounts to â£560 a week or just over â£29,