Care England has named 10 CCGs which have not increased their continuing healthcare (CHC) funding for 2018-19.
Warning that these could represent the tip of the iceberg, Care England has named the following CCGs:
- Waltham Forest
- Stafford and Surrounds
- Cannock Chase
- East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula
- North Staffordshire
- Stoke on Trent
Care England says that despite significant increases in NHS funding, combined with nursing homes offering better options and value for money than hospitals, some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have not increased their CHC funding for 2018/19. These decisions are adding further pressures upon an already fragile sector, piling even more pressures upon an over-stretched NHS. Care homes have seen rising costs including National Minimum Wage rates and nurse pay, all of which are essential to ensure that the best calibre staff are recruited and trained.
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England , says: “Decisions by some CCGs make absolutely no sense at all. Zero per cent fee decisions result in vulnerable people at risk of ending up in hospital and not in care settings within their communities. This is exactly what the NHS is trying to avoid. Once again we call for a long term holistic plan by looking at the bigger picture”.