Funded Nursing Care rate shows ‘contempt for sector’, Care England says

Martin Green

A 2% rise in the Funded Nursing Care rate has been described as “paltry” by Care England.

The largest representative body of independent social care providers expressed disbelief after the standard weekly rate per person was raised from £183.92 to £187.60 and the higher rate of Funded Nursing Care was also lifted by 2% from £253.02 to £258.08

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “This decision shows contempt for a sector that has been on the front line during this pandemic, and may be the final blow that sees some services close.

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“The impact of closures on the people we support, their families, and the dedicated staff, will be immeasurable.”

Care England asked the DHSC to be “fully transparent” in evidencing how it came to a 2% increase for 2021-22.

Martin added: “Following last week’s dismal proposed pay increase for NHS nurses, the Government’s recent Funded Nursing Care announcement has truly confirmed that the Government see care home nurses as equally undeserving.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “This global pandemic has created significant challenges for the adult social care sector and we are immensely grateful to staff for their unwavering compassion and dedication.

“The NHS-funded Nursing Care rate plays an important role in making sure that individuals and local authorities don’t have to cover the cost for nursing care.

“We will continue working with the sector to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the provision of NHS-funded nursing care and associated costs.”

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