Relatives & Residents Association

We support, inform and speak on behalf of older people in care


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...

Privatizing liberty?

5 October 2018: The R&RA is alarmed at the proposals by the Department of Health and Social Care to remove some basic safeguards and radically change the independent element when care home residents lack mental capacity. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill* now going through Parliament leaves those residents with restricted mental capacity more open to abuse. These vulnerable residents now form an increasingly high […] Read More...

Towards a valued workforce in care and health

The long hot summer of 2018 has bought temperatures across the country that look set to be record breaking while social media has been used to remind us that in the UK we are rarely happy with the weather! And, as the parliamentary recess starts and MPs go on holiday, the new Secretary of State […] Read More...

A response to cameras in homes – again!

25 July 2018: We in the Relatives & Residents Association (the R&RA) completely understand why so many people call for CCTV, like Dominic Grieve, it is a normal gut reaction to stories of terrible abuse. But making CCTV mandatory in communal areas will not stop the abuse or neglect that predominantly happens in a resident’s […] Read More...

Caught out by greed – many lessons need to be learned

16 July 2018: David Barton, owner and manager of Barton Park Nursing Home, was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Friday.  He had abused his position of trust as a registered owner by defrauding residents, using cruel and heartless tactics to manipulate them and exploit their worst fears.  CQC, the regulator, should pay greater […] Read More...

The Appointed Day

5 July 2018 – Today is the 70th anniversary of the “Appointed Day” when the National Health Service Act 1946 and the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1947 were brought into force on 5 July 1948. Creating the free universal National Health Service amid austerity and the aftermath of the second world war was an […] Read More...


22 June 2018:  The ‘postponement’ of the Green Paper is a further blow to the Adult Social Care sector. There is a mixture of depression and anger in the reaction so far. Optimists surmise that things can only get better… Pessimists point out that a mere four weeks before its planned publication, there appears to […] Read More...

Now you see it – now you don’t – loads of new NHS money?

19 June 2018: The recent announcement heralding a brave new world for the NHS was sadly short-lived. Almost before the IFS (Institute of Fiscal Studies) could rubbish its rash promise of a Brexit dividend, it was deemed ‘tosh’ by Tory MP and Chair of the Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston. Others weren’t slow in joining […] Read More...


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