Charging after death

Following publication of the findings from it’s inquiry into UK care homes at the end of last year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published guidance last month on charging ‘after death fees’. After it found that some care home operators were still charging relatives…...

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Winter crisis highlights care shortfall

Council leaders from the Local Government Association (LGA) have said the winter health crisis should incentivise the government to adequately fund the country’s social care system and address the social care funding gap, which the LGA predicts will reach £2.3bn by 2020. It claims the…...

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Ombudsman issues care cost contract guidance

Social care providers can download fresh guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to help ensure that cost information is clear in contracts drawn up for service users. The guidance follows concerns highlighted by a Competitions and Markets Authority report suggesting that providers…...

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Suffolk care home fined for unsafe care

The manager and owner of a Suffolk care home has been fined at Ispwich Magistrates’ Court following an investigation into the death of a resident which concluded that the home had failed to provide safe care. William George Willmott was found dead outside Highcliffe House Nursing…...

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Consultation delays ACO introduction

Plans by NHS England (NHSE) to introduce Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) have been put on hold whilst a 12-week consultation looking at the contracting arrangements takes place. Members of the public and stakeholders will be invited to give their views on the proposal over the…...

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Two-thirds of English MPs believe there aren’t enough quality care homes for constituents

Two-thirds of England MPs, including just over half of Conservative MPs and 82% Labour MPs, agree that there aren’t enough ‘high-quality’ care homes for older constituents to choose from. According to a poll commissioned by older people’s charity, Independent Age, more than half of Conservative MPs and…...

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People with continuing healthcare needs disadvantaged by system

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the care of people with continuing healthcare needs is ‘too often being compromised’ because they are not being made aware of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding and are not being helped to navigate the ‘hugely complicated process’…...

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Which? says half of large care providers have a quarter of homes below standard

Half of England’s large-scale providers of care homes for older people have at least a quarter of their homes rated Inadequate or Requires Improvement by the regulator, according to a study by Which? Which? analysed Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection data of 54 providers operating…...

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Ombudsman reminds councils to be clear on care home costs

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has reminded councils across England that they must give families placing relatives in care homes accurate information about costs. The warning was issued following a complaint made against Lincolnshire County Council by a family who sought the council’s…...

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Glenholme Healthcare Group moves into elderly care

Glenholme Healthcare Group is planning to build a ‘multi-million pound’ residential care facility as part of a new move into the elderly care market. The learning disabilities and mental health care provider has over 40 years’ experience supporting young people and adults in the healthcare industry…....

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