Milburn moves the goalposts

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

|By Geoff Hodgson| After more than three years of debate about National Minimum Standards, after the closure of hundreds of care homes and the loss of thousands of beds, and after the adoption of and making law the Care Standards Act, health secretary Alan Milburn has once again uprooted the recently installed goalposts, telling the House of Commons that the Government will remove physical standards as a requirement for existing care homes. “We will shortly issue for consultation an amended set of environmental standards to remove them as a requirement on existing homes, instead making it clear that they are good practice to which all care homes should aspire,” Mr Milburn told the House on July 23. The care sector1s response to the Government1s turnabout on physical standards has, to date, been muted, with National Care Homes Association chief executive Sheila Scott saying that, while the about-face on standards meant many of her members may be able to avoid closing their care homes, there was a lot bitternes

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