UKHCA responds to standards consultation

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

The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has given a detailed submission to the Department of Health consultation on the Domiciliary Care National Minimum Standards and Regulations for England. Running to 35 pages the response contained detailed comments on both the substance and the drafting of the consultation documents and covered many of the concerns which had been aired by UKHCA members at a number of workshops run by the association in recent months. High on the list in the executive summary of the submission was cost: “It is essential that the inevitable costs are fully funded by government,” the summery stated. “Without funding, the standards cannot be achieved and the sector will be severely disrupted. This would have serious, direct consequences for users and also have major consequences for NHS hospital demand.” The UKHCA submission said that even a small reduction in homecare capacity would immediately affect admission and discharge rates, as well as the volume of acute hospital work which

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