RNHA welcomes Budget¹s 6% increase in social care funds

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

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed the news, announced in the Budget, that spending on social care will increase by 6 per cent, and that some of the money will be used to help stabilise the care home market. The RNHA says additional funds are desperately needed to prevent more home closures. Chief executive officer Frank Ursell said his association hoped that central government would ensure that social services departments did not shirk their responsibilities and that the extra money is used for the purpose intended. “We want to see it flowing into the system as soon as possible,” Mr Ursell said. “Given the demographic changes set to take place over the next 10 to 30 years, there will be an increase in the number of highly dependent patients who need 24-hour nursing care in a residential setting. It is therefore vital that we arrest the alarming decline in nursing home places.” Mr Ursell said the RNHA had been campaigning hard for realistic funding of nursing home care, and that the f

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