RNHA welcomes Œwave of realism¹

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

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed what it calls “the wave of realism that has now swept over the Government in its approach to care standards in the nursing home sector”. Responding to health secretary Alan Milburn¹s new consultation document on the implementation of care standards, RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said the Government appeared to have realised that trying to apply inflexible rules about the physical environment of existing nursing homes, such as room and door sizes, was having an extremely negative effect. “Instead of raising standards of care, it was simply driving many existing homes out of business and putting further pressure on the system, to the detriment of patients,” Mr Ursell said. “When the Government first mooted the idea of care standards, we supported the concept in principle but warned them against a rigid regime which made important those things which can be measured, rather than measuring those things which are truly important. Standards of

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