National standards: will there be a case for compensation?
At the “Older people in Care 2000” conference held at Southampton in January, Hampshire Care Association chair Ronnie Cairnduff called for common sense to prevail in the debate on national standards. There can be no doubt that the care industry is facing fundamental change. The recently published white paper has outlined some of these changes and the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) has recently presented its findings to Health Minister John Hutton. He has said there will be full discussion with all relevant bodies before he makes his final judgement. However, there is great concern within the industry because there will be huge implications for home owners if common sense does not prevail. The Hampshire Care Association will strongly oppose unrealistic regulations. I am sure the “good and the great” of the CPA panel have thought long and hard about the consequence of their deliberations. They must obviously be aware that moving the goal posts, which they originally put up, could impact dramatically and dec