New standards… or do they just describe the status quo?
|By Simon Gilbert, managing director of GLP| The latest announcement by health minister Jacqui Smith confirms what we had suspected for some time. Firstly, the National Minimum Standards have simply articulated what the market has been doing itself for several years Â 12.5m2 rooms, 100 per cent en suite facilities, all single rooms or very few twins, plenty of amenity space and nice wide corridors, passenger lifts etc. To superimpose these standards rigidly on the care industry would suddenly create a substantial loss of beds. Signalled well in advance in any case, the Care Standards Act has already caused enough closures to help swing the demand/supply pendulum back in favour of the providers and usurp the supposed reversal in demographic drivers as a result of the First World War. No surprise then that the health minister has conceded that there will be a fair degree of latitude on the application of the Standards Â so much so that chair lifts will continue to be considered appropriate. Mindful of the nee