Welsh minister calls for a Œsensible and flexible approach¹ to standards

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

Welsh Assembly minister for health and social services Jane Hutt has announced that, while there will be no change to National Minimum Standards for care homes in Wales, the inspecting body will be given operational guidance to take “a sensible and flexible approach to the way in which the physical standards are achieved”. “Difficulties of viability within the sector have been reported over recent months,” said Ms Hutt in her announcement in early September. “I have already announced a range of actions to help address the situation, including additional resources for care provision, a new Wales Care Strategy group, funding to tackle workforce problems and improved commissioning arrangements.” The minister¹s announcement is regarded as “highly significant” by Mario Kreft, head of policy and public affairs at Care Forum Wales, but he says the measures announced will not put a stop to homes closures throughout the country. Speaking on behalf of the 500 members of Care Forum Wales, Mr Kreft said that only when t

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