Sector spokesmen optimistic in wake of Labour victory

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

Labour’s expected return to government means long term care providers can probably expect more of the same from Westminster – a slow yielding to pressure from providers and sector lobbyists for more public money to meet the costs of care, and a lumbering, uncertain evolution of regulatory legislation and funding mechanisms. For many smaller providers the election result will mean “going out of business as usual”. Spokesman for the sector, however, have been positive in their initial reactions to the election result. “The big advantage of Labour’s return is that we will be talking to the same people and going down the same path,” said National Care Homes Association (NCHA) chairman Barry Hartley on the morning after the poll. “There is going to be change and that change will continue. However, if the election result had been different, we could still have expected change. We now have a Government that, at least, has shown it s prepared to invest in the short term in the welfare of elderly people.” Westminster

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