A very enjoyable evening yesterday at the National Care Association Summer Reception hosted by Howdens Insurance brokers. We hear a lot of negativity around care services, so it was lovely to spend an evening celebrating all the incredible work that is performed in the care sector.
We heard an interesting address by Caroline Dineage, Minister of State for Health, including a mention of the long-delayed Green Paper on social care – which isn’t going to be published any time soon. The Green Paper is intended to explore the issue of how social care is funded by recipients and consider a range of proposals including a more generous means test, a cap on lifetime care charges and tac-free withdrawals from pension pots. When it is finally published, it will simply set out a range of recommendations for further consultation so any reforms to the current system will be even further down the line. During her address, the Minister also repeated her previous words of caution that, when published, the Green Paper will not solve all the challenges of social care.
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One of the nurses who provided care to the late Professor
Stephen Hawking has been struck off the nursing register by the Nursing and
Midwifery Council (“NMC”). Patricia
Dowdy worked for Professor Hawking from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2013 to
2016. An interim suspension had been put
in place in 2016.
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In August 2017 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had rated just three out of 17 online primary care services providers as having met the required safety standards. As the CQC does not have the legal powers to give online services an overall rating as it does with GP practices they have instead rated them by giving them a pass or fail to five key questions:
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- Whether the service is safe?
- Whether the service is effective?
- Whether the service is responsive?
- Whether the service is caring?
- Whether the service is well-led?
It seems that barely a week goes by without an event in one of our country’s prisons making the headlines, whether that is one run by the state or by a private company.
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