Daily Telegraph, July 23rd 2001, p.7.
A report compiled by the Department of Health in response to a Parliamentary Question shows that prescriptions of sedative drugs for the elderly rose by 70% between 1999 and 2000. These drugs are used to control disturbed behaviour in patients, especially those suffering from dementia. It is widely believed that their use has increased due to acute staff shortages in care homes.
(See also Independent, July 23rd 2001, p.6).
Registered Homes and Services, vol.6, 2001, p.33-34.
Summaries draft guidelines on the implementation of free nursing care in care homes. Some of the key points are:
Guardian, Aug. 8th 2001, p.13.
Discusses how the Labour government is trying to rectify the inequality between rich and poor pensioners.
Registered Homes and Services, vol.6, 2001, p.35.
Reports that a leading QC (Richard Gordon) has expressed the opinion that the Human Rights Act may be used to halt or delay plans to close residential homes. Independent sector providers acting as agents for a local or health authority may be judged as falling within the Human Rights Act and find their activities subject to judicial review.
Public Finance, Aug. 3rd-9th 2001, p.11.
The row over a rise in Scottish nursing home fees is deepening. Joe Campbell of Scottish Care has said he will call for the removal of local authorities if the current crisis continues.
Community Care, no.1384, 2001, p.10-11.
Draft government guidance on the introduction of free nursing care for older people in residential homes defines this as care provided by a registered nurse, excluding care provided by health care assistants. Three bands of care for self-funded nursing home residents are proposed, but there are concerns that not enough funding has been allocated to cover real costs. A mechanism called the Registered Nurse Contribution tool has been developed to determine how much care is provided by a registered nurse in an individual's care package. This will be applied by teams of nurses employed to do assessments by health authorities or primary care trusts.
(See also Health Service Journal, vol.111, Aug. 9th 2001, p.12-13).
Community Care, no.1385, 2001, p.23.
There is evidence that anti-psychotic drugs are being overprescribed for older people in residential homes, particularly those suffering from dementia or mental health problems. These drugs keep patients with challenging behaviour calm, quiet and easier for doctors and nurses to handle.