RNHA questions role of local authorities
Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) chief executive Frank Ursell has questioned whether local authorities are the organisations best placed to commission publicly funded care for older people, either in residential settings or at home.
In the RNHA’s response to the launch of the care funding commission, Mr Ursell there needed to be a vigorous debate on the role of local authorities.
“Whether someone lives in Swindon or Sunderland, Mansfield or Margate, they need to know that they will be properly cared for if their health and frailty reach a point where they can no longer look after themselves,” said Mr Ursell. “Right now, there is a totally unacceptable variation in what happens.”
Mr Ursell said that, as the RNHA prepares evidence to submit to the care funding commission, it is concerned that the Government may play the “we can’t afford it” card at the end of the