RNHA attacks Government’s ‘free’ nursing care scheme


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

The Government1s introduction of free nursing care for patients in nursing homes, which began in October in England, risks turning into a “cheap-skate, bureaucratic nightmare”, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). Chief executive officer of the RNHA Frank Ursell said that while his association supported the principle of free nursing care for all, the fine details of the scheme – released on 20th September – painted a dismal picture of a system designed to cut costs and pile up as many administrative obstacles as possible in the way of people seeking state help to pay for their care. “The fact that no one will be entitled to NHS funding unless they spend more than six weeks in a nursing home will deny thousands the financial aid they might have expected to get from all the spin which the Government put on its pre-election commitment to free nursing care,” Mr Ursell said. The RNHA is especially critical of what it calls the “penny-pinching attitude” that lies behind the rule that nursing





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