Tory MP takes Government to task over ‘failure’ of care standards

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

Conservative health spokesman Simon Burns MP has written to health minister Jacqui Smith demanding that she do everything possible to make good the huge damage which he says the Government has inflicted on care home residents and owners following the recent U-turn over minimum environmental standards which has resulted in the closure of many care homes, with others under-going expensive and unnecessary alterations. “This has been a catastrophic failure of Government policy, with devastating consequences for tens of thousand of care homes residents and hundreds of care home owners,” Mr Burns said. In his letter to the health minister, Mr Burns asked if the Government was considering reimbursing and compensating those care homes which had closed because they could not afford to comply with the over-prescriptive environmental standards which the Government1s U-turn had now conceded were ill-thought-out and unnecessary. “Furthermore, are you considering reimbursing and compensating those small and medium size car

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