Step backwards brings relief but little rejoicing

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

|Senior healthcare surveyor at property assets consultancy BK, Chris Gardener, ruminates on the government re-think on elderly care.| The blandly titled Extended Services and Increased Choices for Older People report from health secretary Alan Milburn masked a surprising announcement ­ a backwards step on elderly care with minimum property standards being abandoned. This dramatic change of heart signals a much needed rethink by the Government. The residential care sector has been allowed to decline so far that key targets set out in the NHS Plan are in serious jeopardy and care capacity in many areas is at breaking point. The tragedy is that it has taken this long for the Government to act since many homes and care places have already been lost. The industry is now studying the minister¹s consultation paper, Proposed Amended Environmental Standards. This sets out in detail his intended changes to the recently published National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People and Younger Adults. However, a

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