Sheffield comes under fire for cut in fee contributions

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

Sheffield City Council has been criticised for reducing the amount it contributes to the care of nursing and residential care home patients by about £11 a week. The Council has also said that it will claw back any excess it may have paid since April 1 when the cut became effective. Describing the move as “an unwelcome and mean-minded Easter bombshell”, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has asked Sheffield Councillors to reconsider. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the cut in contributions to fees was totally unacceptable. “In one fell swoop they have wiped out the increase in income support which nursing and residential care home patients received in April, by simply reducing the Council¹s contribution to their costs by the same amount,” Mr Ursell said. “To put it another way, it would be like the Government reducing income tax and your employer telling you that your pay would be reduced by the amount you are saving on tax. No-one would put up with that, would they?” Mr Ursell said the Co

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