Charity: funding arrangements put short stay care at risk

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

Funding confusion could lead to further care home closures, according to Winged Fellowship Trust chief executive Pat Wallace. Speaking to an audience of government officials at a House of Lords event at the end of March, Mr Wallace said confusion over Department of Health (DoH) guidelines for NHS funded nursing care could lead to further nursing home closures. The event to launch the charity¹s appeal to raise funds to help disabled adults, children and their carers get a break, provided a platform for Mr Wallace to explain the risky environment in which the charity ­ and other providers of short stay residential nursing care ­were working. “The Government¹s definition of what constitutes a nursing care place is open to interpretation,” Mr Wallace said. “This lack of clarity, coupled with the lack of synergy between the NHS and the Care Standards Agency (the local agent of the National Care Standards Commission) around the way that guests are assessed for nursing care beds will lead to cost shunting with d

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