Tories point to Caring Times survey and warn of widespread care home closures

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

A survey carried out by _Caring Times_ on the likely impact of the proposed national required standards for care homes has been used by the Opposition in a House of Commons debate on the Care Standards Bill. The survey, run by _Caring Times_ in December, 1998, predicted wholesale closures of care homes if the Government made law the national standards proposed by the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA). Concern about the survey results surfaced rapidly when the Commons considered the new Care Standards Bill in May and health Secretary Alan Milburn was repeatedly warned that the regulations look likely to drive many homes out of existence. Tory backbencher John MacGregor said the concern extended across both private homes and local authorities. His own South Norfolk constituency had many such homes where there were real worries about additional burdens and costs. “The _Caring Times’_ survey showed that if the Government’s report _Fit for the Future?_ was implemented in full it could mean 54% of the places now av

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