Providers less than impressed by White Paper

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

Separate group discussions held at CareAgenda in March all drew negative conclusions about the White Paper “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say” with the consensus being that the documented was a missed opportunity by the Government to address the real issues, and to propose detailed reform. There was particular frustration that, while the White Paper forecast a coming together of health and social care, nothing had been said on how commissioning would be reformed. Reporting for his discussion group, Registered Nursing Home chief executive Frank Ursell said the general sentiment was that much the White Paper was simply a restatement of policy aspirations of 10 years ago, using new words. “For example, the right to GP,” said Mr Ursell. “We all understood that people have a right to a GP – why do we need to have it restated? “There was concern about social care issues being put behind health and a question about people’s attitudes to residential and nursing home care. All the surveys that are done hav

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