Consultation paper released

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

A consultation document on proposed national Required Standards called “Fit for the Future?” was released by the Department of Health on 8th September. The industry has until 3rd December to make submissions on the document which is based on the standards proposed by the Centre for Policy on Ageing and presented to junior health minister John Hutton in January. Speaking at an inspectors’ conference held on the day of the paper’s release, DoH officer Trish Davies said that, in releasing the proposed standards, the Government particularly wanted to raise the profile of training in care homes. “The Government is broadly committed to the CPA’s documment,” Ms Davies said. “What we have produced is tentative. We are aware that there are going to be serious difficulties in meeting these standards and we realise that the local authority homes and smaller operators will be the hardest hit.” The document states that none of the proposed standards may be adopted until the eight regional Commissions for Care Standards be

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