RNHA adds its voice to the litany of warnings about underfunding

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

There is no let up in the chanting of the “under funding” mantra with the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) warning of a financial meltdown in the long term care sector unless fees are raised to meet the real costs of care. The association has called on the political establishment to “stop wagging fingers at nursing homes for simply wanting to cover their costs”. The central issue, it says, is the massive under funding of residential nursing care. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said older people were being treated as pawns in a political chess game and the time had come to make them kings and queens. “The Government, as well as politicians from other parties, should wake up to the reality that older people with health needs are treated as second class citizens who are expected to put up with receiving a smaller proportion of public expenditure than they are entitled to,” Mr Ursell said. “It is scandalous that older people should receive much less than younger people to cover the cost of their nurs

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