Think tank proposes free personal care for the over 65s to be funded by tax rise

In light of the government’s promise to publish a Green Paper on social care, the Institute of Public Policy Research has proposed in a new report a 2p tax rise in order to fund free help for elderly.  This would include help with basic tasks such as getting up and eating, as well as funding full time care for complex needs such as dementia.

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NHS Procurement Rules under attack

An online campaign survey has revealed huge support for an overhaul of the current procurement requirements within the NHS and to free the NHS from overly rigid procurement requirements.

A survey run by 38 Degrees asked “to what extent do you agree that the law should be changed so that contracts to run NHS services no longer have to be put up for auction?” In response to this, 89% expressed that they strongly agreed.

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Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman good practice guide for care providers

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (“the Ombudsman”) is a statutory body which investigates individual complaints about all adult social care providers for the last 10 years.  Its work includes investigating care homes and domiciliary care, and care that is funded privately.   

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CQC publishes proposals as the next stage of regulating independent healthcare providers

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:

  • 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?
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The Emerging Concerns Protocol – a further means to share and act on concerns

Under the governance of the Health and Social Care Regulators Forum (HSCRF), the Emerging Conditions Protocol (‘the protocol’) has been developed to provide a clearly defined mechanism for sharing information and intelligence about potential risks to users of services, their families and carers, or healthcare professionals.

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