Support Pledge for ‘Underfunded’ Care Sector
LONDON, November 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Care services have come under the spotlight this week as the Care Minister admitted
that the sector is currently experiencing a great deal of strain and needs greater support
from the government.
Norma Lamb suggested that the care system ‘has remained underfunded for decades’ and
he also stated that it is now under ‘enormous strain.’ The statement follows news
published indicating that the social care crisis actually adds up to a huge bill for the
economy in the United Kingdom – perhaps reaching as high as GBP5bn a year.
The bill accounts for benefit payments and the lost wages and tax contributions of
carers. The Care Minister did offer some ‘hope for the future’ by suggesting that in the
coming months new plans would be made to make support available for care providers in the
form of a new Care and Support Bill which is currently being drafted.
The underfunding has been blamed chiefly on the austerity measures that the government
has put in place in order to deal with the economic difficulties experienced all over
Europe and beyond. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the care sector can be looked at in
terms of the support and funding it receives as a priority, in order to improve the
efficiency of the system.
Quality Compliance Systems LTD, a UK based firm that helps care providers to manage
their compliance, welcomes the news that support for the sector is finally being
addressed. The team already deal with a great many inquiries from care providers concerned
about how they can refine their compliance operations to give them every chance of
delivering a higher quality service – something that puts even greater pressure on
With so many care providers working hard to update their policies and stay in touch
with what the government and the Care Quality Commission [http://www.ukqcs.co.uk ], the
body in charge of the regulation of the sector, expects of them, it appears that the Care
Minister’s pledge for more help in the sector has come at the right time.
In order to maintain standards approved by the CQC [http://www.ukqcs.co.uk ] and
encourage growth in the care industry, sufficient funding and proper management of that
funding is seen as a fundamental factor. It remains to be seen what impact the Care and
Support Bill will have, but industry experts are enthused by the attention being paid to a
key area in society.
SOURCE Quality Compliance Systems Ltd