Care Standards Bill

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

Promises have been given by the Government that new care legislation will not lead to across-the-board means testing – but doubts still remain. Ministers sought to dismiss fears that NHS care in residential homes could soon also be subject to similar means tests as nursing home patients. The promises followed continued suspicions, which have grown for some time, that the Care Standards Bill might be used as a backdoor way of extending means tests. Concerns have been fuelled by the decision to introduce a single system of registration covering both types of homes. Those worries were aired in Parliament by Liberal Democrat health and social services spokesman Lord Clement-Jones during the Bill’s committee stage in the Lords. He feared care homes might find themselves falling into different categories and might be classed as independent hospitals. In a bid to prevent that, he proposed amending the Bill so that establishments providing only clinical care and accommodation came within the specific definition of a

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