MP questions ‘Fit for the Future’

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

At least one MP has warned the Government that if the proposals in its “Fit For The Future” consultation document on national standards are implemented, many smaller homes could be compelled to close. North Norfolk MP David Prior has said he will contact Heath Secretary Alan Milburn to warn him that many smaller homes will not be able to afford to extend and upgrade rooms and increase staff training in line with the proposed standards. Mr Prior said he would ask Mr Milburn to rethink the proposals because they could have “devastating and far reaching effects.” “In an industry such as this, where clients are particularly vulnerable, standards of care must be uniformally high,” Mr Prior said. “However I do feel that there there are many aspects of the proposals which are too prescriptive. This is particularly the case with regard to the proposed physical environment and staffing regulations. “The philosophy behind the reports is too geared to input and not enough to output – the happiness and quality of life of

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