Regulation and inspection start date deferred (again)

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

The start date for regulation of homecare under the Care Standards Act has again been postponed by the Department of Health (DoH). The regulations and national minimums standards are scheduled to come into force on January 1, 2003 and not September 1, 2002. The DoH notified the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) of the further deferral in late July. Unless further delays are announced, the NCSC will administer the registration and inspection of homecare services, nurses agencies and residential family centres from the end of January next year. The NCSC will produce application forms for providers when the regulations regarding the specific National Minimum Standards have been finalised by the DoH. In the interim, local authorities will retain responsibility for monitoring and inspecting nurses agencies. The NCSC says local authorities will also need to have appropriate monitoring processes in place for residential family centres and domiciliary care services. NCSC chief executive Ron Kerr said it had n

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