Agency boss: red tape is strangling providers

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

Bed blocking will not end until government releases red tape hold on private sector care, according to Nigel Fielding, managing director of Abacus care, which supplies nurses and care staff to local hospitals and care homes. “The problem of NHS beds being taken up by elderly patients because of a lack of alternative after-care provision will only worsen unless the Government reduces the amount of red tape which is strangling the independent care sector,” Mr Fielding said . “Independently-run agencies and care providers are caught up in a vicious circle of costly legislation which creates an uneven playing field when NHS providers aren¹t subjected to the same amount of checks and regulations.” Mr Fielding said the issue was causing a chain reaction within the care sector, putting many private care homes out of business and reducing the number of care places available. “The independent sector provides most of the care home facilities and without them the NHS is unlikely to be able to solve the problem of bed b

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