NHS-funded nursing care rate increased for 2016 to 2017
The NHS contribution towards the costs of a place in a care home with nursing is being increased on an interim basis to £156.25, the government has just announced.
The increase will be backdated to 1 April 2016 for individuals who were in receipt of NHS-funded nursing care from that time.
But local Care spokesperson Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson has hit out at the massive delays which have created great difficulties for care home owners.
He says: “the previous rate has been held by the NHS at £112 per week. This is FORTY PER CENT less that the new proposed rate. This is massively greater than present rates of price inflation and implies that the payment rate made by the NHS for these residents has been held artificially-low for years.”
The increase follows an independent review of the rate paid by the NHS to nursing homes carried out by Mazars LLP.
The current rate is only ‘ interim’ as there is a further review taking place concerning the costs of agency nursing staff. Consultation is also taking place regarding possible regional variation for the rate being introduced from rom April 2017.
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