South West operators say business would be okay if red tape was reduced

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

Most South West care-home owners acknowledge that the region is good for their business, despite strong competition – but agree that the volume of government “red tape” has become excessive.

Almost three-quarters (72%), say the Government should scrap an existing regulation every time it introduces a new “red tape” rule.

Less than a quarter (21%) viewed the Commission for Social Care Inspection’s (CSCI) new “star-ratings” for care-homes as being likely to achieve the aim of raising standards.

Almost half (44.5%) said that the ratings indicated a loss of confidence in the existing system and would do little to raise standards.

Even more South West care-home owners and managers (52%) condemned the new self-assessment for quality assurance, saying that this new move was “another unwelcome piece of bureaucracy, which would add to the burden of ‘red-tape’”.

Almost as many, however, (48%) welcomed the self-assessment formula a

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