Step backwards brings relief but little rejoicing


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

|Senior healthcare surveyor at property assets consultancy BK, Chris Gardener, ruminates on the government re-think on elderly care.| The blandly titled Extended Services and Increased Choices for Older People report from health secretary Alan Milburn masked a surprising announcement ­ a backwards step on elderly care with minimum property standards being abandoned. This dramatic change of heart signals a much needed rethink by the Government. The residential care sector has been allowed to decline so far that key targets set out in the NHS Plan are in serious jeopardy and care capacity in many areas is at breaking point. The tragedy is that it has taken this long for the Government to act since many homes and care places have already been lost. The industry is now studying the minister¹s consultation paper, Proposed Amended Environmental Standards. This sets out in detail his intended changes to the recently published National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People and Younger Adults. However, a





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

Inconstant gardeners

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Last Saturday was fine and dry so I managed to put in a few hours on our allotment. Not...

When the chips go down . . .

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I have heard people say they couldn’t get by without their smartphone, and I suppose this must be true...

Loneliness behind the front doors

By Guest Blogger KEITH LEWIN

Last week SCIE issued its monthly ‘Briefing for Commissioners’, its focus is on social isolation which it correctly says “can...