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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2001): Care of the Elderly - UK

FREE-FOR-ALL FAÇADE

D Lipsey

Public Finance, Feb 2nd – 8th 2001, p.27.

Argues against the provision of free personal care for elderly people on grounds of escalating costs, and because this approach would largely benefit better-off, middle-class people.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BILL

Anon.

Registered Homes and Services, vol.5, 2001, p.129-131.

This Bill removes from local authorities the power to provide, or arrange for any person to be provided with nursing care by a registered nurse. This power will be vested in Care Trusts, arguably NHS bodies. This introduces a perverse incentive for cash strapped Trusts to define as much care as possible as personal care and charge for it, rather than as nursing care which would have to be provided free.

REBELS FORCE U-TURN ON CARE FOR ELDERLY

K Scott and J Carvel

Guardian, Jan 26th 2001, p.8.

The Scottish government has been forced by a Parliamentary rebellion to change its policy and offer free personal care to all elderly people. This means that pensioners in Scotland will receive services such as assistance with bathing and eating free while older people in England and Wales will have to pay for them.

(See also Times, Jan 26th 2001, p.4; Financial Times, Jan 26th 2001, p.3).

ROOM FOR MANOEUVRE?

P McCurry

Community Care, no.1356, 2001, p.26-27.

Campaigners for older people are disappointed at the government’s decision to delay the imposition of minimum standards on shared rooms in care homes for five years. Care home owners are delighted, pointing out that financial problems faced by providers mean that more time is needed to make the changes.

SCOTS COALITION AT RISK OVER CARE FOR ELDERLY

K Scott

Guardian, Jan 25th 2001, p.8.

Under proposals announced by the Scottish Health Minister, free personal care will be extended to cover people suffering from dementia; a development group will be set up to make further recommendations on elderly care; and a single needs assessment scheme will be adopted.

TORIES BACK POLICY OF FREE NURSING CARE FOR THE ELDERLY

N Timmins

Financial Times, Feb 8th 2001, p.5.

Reports that the Conservatives are to back to the government’s policy of providing only free nursing care to the elderly. They agree that provision of free personal care in England would be too costly.