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 £5bn 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 funding.
With so many care providers working hard to update their policies and stay in touch with what the government and the Care Quality Commission, 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 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