Ursell: pre-budget promise leaves councils no excuse

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

Reacting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer¹s pre-budget report, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) said the £1 billion extra spending power being made available to local authorities in 2005 would give social services departments no excuse for shirking their responsibilities to older people. The RNHA has called on local authorities to review their spending plans on services for older people, particularly those requiring long-term care. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said councils could no longer hide behind the claim that providing a decent level of funding to people in nursing homes would result in excessive rises in council tax. “With an extra £1 billion available to them, councils can turn their attention to the needs of Britain¹s frail senior citizens who need 24-hour nursing care,” Mr Ursell said. “As things stand, most local authorities are only paying nursing homes an amount per patient that wouldn¹t get you a bed in a fairly cheap hotel, yet nursing homes have to employ qualified n

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