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

A Sword of Damocles remains hanging over many smaller, popular, homes, often in rural areas, which might or might not meet the new “standards” but are perceived as valuable resources in their local communities. In what appears to have been a carefully orchestrated window-dressing exercise, the Government has released a consultation paper on National Required Standards. In a sector already plagued with uncertainties about funding, by inconsistency between authorites and capricious purchasing policies, the consultation document has unfortunately served to heighten the uncertainty rather than reduce it. No timescale is given for implementation of the standards, although it suggested this could wait until April 2002 which we are told is the earliest possible date for operation of the eight regional Commissions for Care Standards. Nor is there any suggestion at what level of legislation various standards may be adopted, or whether their will be any flexibility in their application. Nothing has changed. Nor is it l

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