Funded nursing care increase is inadequate, says Care England
Provider representative body Care England has expressed disappointment that the rate of NHS Funded Nursing Care increase announced for 2018/19 of 2% will not significantly relieve the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.
The organisation’s chief executive, Professor Martin Green, said the increase would not address the current cost pressures for nursing in the sector.
“What we need to be clear on is that the cost of the rising dependency of nursing needs of residents exceeds the proposed rate rise,” said Prof. Green.
“The shortage of nurses – over which we have no control – means that recruiting nurses is a costly challenge along with increasing agency costs associated with rising nurse vacancies.
“The cost of employing nurses is rising with auto pension enrolment and other staff costs – we need to retain our nurses and offer the best employment packages possible. This, linked with the rising number of nursing hours needed to meet care needs, mean that central government is not supporting our sector sufficiently”.