Sector says OFT report avoids the central issue

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

The Government has responded to the Office of Fair Trading’s report on care home fees and in turn, there has been a flurry of further responses from various care sector organisations, most welcoming the Government’s stated commitment to deliver on OFT’s recommendation for more information for people seeking care services. However, care sector bodies have quickly qualified their support with concerns that both the OFT report and the Government1s response ignore the funding issues, and in particular local authorities’ role in commissioning and purchasing care placements and services. Frank Ursell, chief executive of the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) will undoubtedly strike a chord with his members in his harsh critique of the initial report and the response from Whitehall. “Neither the OFT in its original report published in May 2005, nor the Government in its formal response to the report’s recommendations, has considered whether the amounts paid to nursing homes by local authorities and the NHS

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