Coalition reacts to softening of new standards

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

Health minister Jacqui Smith¹s move to soften the impact of National Minimum Standards has brought a reaction of “profound disappointment” from the Coalition for Quality in Care, a body of more than 50 organisations and individuals, chaired by Lady Kina Avebury and co-ordinated by Dr Gillian Dalley, the director of the Centre for Policy on Ageing which drew-up the draft minimum standards. Ms Smith said the guidance, issued to the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) on January 29, was to ensure that the NCSC focuses on supporting and advising care providers. “The NCSC has been created to help raise care standards, not to close down care homes and other services,” Ms Smith said. “Good providers of services have nothing to fear ­ they will be supported and assisted by the NCSC in their desire to improve their services. Dangerous and unsafe practices, on the other hand, will not be able to hide from the NCSC which will not hesitate to use its strong enforcement powers in these instances.” However, Kina Av

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