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Reviewing the ‘cautious confidence’ of a provider survey

Blog Post by Des Kelly OBE, R&RA Trustee 11 April 2019 “Challenges exist but sector remains confident” declares the annual UK care sector roundtables and survey report 2018-19 convened by Caring Times (with Barclays, Knight Frank and Pinsent Mason). Now undertaken for the last 8 years the survey (and the events) provide valuable insight into […] Read More...

Human rights outrage

Social care sector unites in open letter to Ministers criticising careless Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill 8 February 2018 – Over 100 social care sector organisations have come together to unite and sign an open letter to the Minister of State for Social Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Lords), Baroness […] Read More...

The year might be nearly out, but the fight continues

21 December 2018 – What a way to end a year! On Tuesday, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill reach the House of Commons despite the sterling work of Opposition and Crossbench Peers and over 40 organisations calling for the Bill to be stopped to allow for proper consultation. This Bill, to quote Baroness Barker ‘is […] Read More...

The consumer watchdog shows its teeth

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) means business. Care UK – a major care and health provider – will face legal action unless it refunds the “administration” fees it was charging to 1,600 residents¹. These compulsory fees were sometimes as much as £3000. The CMA makes it clear that it is not OK to advertise […] Read More...

Budget cuts are cutting more than money.

They isolate people and devastate families.   6 December 2018 – Much has been written about budget cuts over the last year, including this week, the BBC’s impressive graphs and charts showing council budgets cuts and spending only too clearly.  Again, earlier this year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies  highlighted the deep cuts in social […] Read More...

Let’s stop choking in care homes

5 December 2018 – Judy Downey, Chair of the Relatives & Residents Association (R&RA) was on the You & Yours programme (Radio 4) on Monday, discussing a distressing death due to choking.  Tony, one of our Helpline clients, described how he had discovered his mother being fed with a spoon instead of the syringe that had been prescribed for her and which was specified in her […] Read More...

Care homes – profiting from poor care?

26 November 2018: This week the Guardian has run a series of stories that show the current unacceptable state of the care home sector.   An analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the last five years, malnutrition, lack of hydration and bedsores have been referred to in the death certificates of over 1400 care home […] Read More...

Now the Human Rights Committee attacks Bill proposals

2 November 2018 – The government’s troubled Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill continues to attract criticism for failing those it is meant to protect. Judy Downey: ‘the Bill does not meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.’ Committee Chair Harriet Harman MP said:“The human rights of vulnerable people who lack mental capacity must […] Read More...

Cold comfort for older people needing care

31 October 2018 – £650 million for social care sounds good but compared with the massive £7 billion of cuts to social care funding since 2010, it is a paltry amount. Government funding of councils will still reduce by 77% from 2015/16 to 2019/20 – going from nearly £10 billion to £2 billion.*  This will […] Read More...

Mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose

10 October 2018 – R&RA have teamed up with leading social care interest groups to warn the government that its mental capacity reforms are not fit for purpose. It requires them (care home managers) to be judge and jury about decisions in which they themselves could be involved Judy Downey, Chair of the Relatives and Residents Association […] Read More...

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