BUPA calls for flat rate nursing care payment

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

While welcoming the Government¹s stated commitment to provide free nursing care to people in a long term care setting, BUPA Care Services has echoed concerns about the proposed system expressed by many providers, saying the proposed funding levels do not meet the true cost of nursing care. BUPA Care Services managing director Mark Ellerby questioned whether there were sufficient senior nurses to administer the system which, he said, seems overly bureaucratic. “BUPA is supportive of the concept of matching funding to needs through the use of a comprehensive assessment. However the proposed assessment tool is simplistic, subjective and potentially open to manipulation. We believe that a very robust assessment tool is essential if free nursing care is to be fairly implemented across England,” he said. “Our recommendation is that the Government simplify its system significantly and that, until there is a more robust assessment tool, there should be a flat rate payment. We also propose that the payment should be

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