National standards are still hush-hush

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

Nearly 300 people who attended a conference on proposed National Required Standards (NRS) for care homes left the event still not knowing what standards are being proposed. The conference, which was held in London on 6 May, was organised by the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA), a pressure group commissioned by the Government to draft the proposed standards. The CPA presented its set of proposed standards to junior health minister John Hutton in February but the Department of Health is yet to make the report public. At the conference, CPA advisory group chair Lady Kina Avebury said she welcomed the chance to discuss the standards and attacked the trade press for its coverage in recent months of leaked details of the report, particularly in relation to minimum room sizes, which she referred to as “a tide of innaccurate information”. CPA director Dr Gillian Dally also accused the trade press of “shroud waving” and Heather Wing of the National Association of Inspection and Registration Officers (NAIRO) said the

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