Vested interests requirement is puzzling


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

National Minimum Standards for domiciliary care providers are now out for consultation. Long term care commentator Bob Ferguson asks why homecare providers have been singled out to declare other interests. A requirement to maintain a register of financial interests in other community care undertakings is among the new rules and regulations that are to be imposed on domiciliary care agencies from July of next year. A pack containing draft minimum standards and regulations has been published on the Department of Health website (www.doh.gov.uk). Consultation closes at the end of January. There are many parallels with their care home equivalent; and there are also significant departures, some of which are difficult to fathom, although a better yardstick for purposes of comparison will be the proposals on the regulation of nurse agencies. The need for providers to maintain a register of vested interests is an interesting, if puzzling, development (there is no such requirement for nurse agencies). Oddly, though,





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