UKHCA letter puts argument for boost in sector funding
Extra annual government funding of Â£395 million is being sought for the homecare sector by the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA). The demand was made in an open letter, sent in early July to health minister Jacqui Smith. In the letter, UKHCA chair Bill McClimont openly contrasts what he describes as the homecare sectorÂ¹s “positive and responsive approach to regulation and the introduction of National Minimum Standards” to the “sometimes strident publicity over recent months from the residential care lobby”. The letter says recent press coverage and political debate over the funding of care homes may have led the Government to distort its own commitment to “a greater absolute and proportionate volume of homecare”, and says the time has come to correct the balance. “The homecare sector has been careful to avoid the kind of confrontational and negative debate, over prices and standards, which has characterised the approach of some colleagues representing care homes,” Mr McClimont says in the letter.