Shouldn¹t we go back to our roots?

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

|The implications of free NHS nursing care could run wider than the impact on self-funders¹ savings. Bob Ferguson explains.| You¹ve probably noticed how commentators writing about the Government¹s flagship policy on the funding of registered nurse care in nursing homes tend to enclose the word “free” in inverted commas, a device that¹s intended to convey a measure of uncertainty, not to say cynicism, about the claim that it is truly cost free. These feelings are well founded. Although the point of reference is usually the recipient of care, I would argue that the pressures on service commissioners are likely to have more long-term significance. Then there¹s the non-financial costs, the shock waves from which might yet buffet the representative sector of the industry into some long-overdue self-examination. For nursing homes, the implementation of free NHS care is only the thin end of a fairly substantial wedge. Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are about to emerge as major players in service commissioning and v

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