Sue Ryder says fair contracting isn’t happening at the local level

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

A survey by Sue Ryder Care has found that none of its statutory commissioners, which include Primary Care Trusts and Social Services, pay the true cost for the basic care they commission from the charity. This is despite a commitment in 2002 from government in the Treasury’s _“Cross Cutting Review: The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Service Delivery”_ that by April 2006 charities should achieve “full cost recovery”. The charity is concerned that while health inequalities persist through the “postcode lottery” for people requiring neurological and palliative care, voluntarily donated money that should be used to develop new and important additional care services, including bereavement and community based services, is being used to pay for the State’s shortfall. Sue Ryder Care says that while government proclaims the principles of fair and effective contracting as essential to encouraging the voluntary sector to play a greater role in providing care services, this is simply not happening at local

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