local authorities

The Issue With Local Authorities And Safeguarding Concerns

At Ridouts, we are regularly contacted by providers in relation to issues that they are having with the Local Authority Safeguarding Team and Section 42 safeguarding enquiries. This article considers some of the issues that arise as a result of Local Authorities failing to understand their duties and remit under the Care Act 2014 and …

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Ombudsman reiterates that equal access for all should be at heart of services

On 19 May 2022, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman released its report titled, ‘Focus Report – Equal Access – May 2022’ (“The Report”). In The Report, the Ombudsman has shared the results of its investigations to help councils and local services meet their legal duties to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity …

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Care providers can influence fair fee rates – Seize the opportunity

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) published statutory guidance on 24 March 2022. Local Authorities (“LAs”) are required to report to DHSC on cost of care exercises for 65 years plus care homes and 18 plus domiciliary care together with a Market Sustainability plan and details of how they have spent the new …

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DHSC states: local authorities to receive funding of around £3bn to help manage the impact of COVID-19

On 1 April 2021, Helen Hayes (Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood) asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care the written question, “…what assessment he has made of the effect of the Infection Control Fund on supporting care homes with their infection prevention control measures during the covid-19 outbreak; and what assessment he …

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Public Health report reveals 78 patients were sent to care homes in Scotland after testing positive for COVID-19

A report published today by Public Health Scotland reveals that 78 patients who had tested positive for COVID 19 were discharged from hospitals to care homes in Scotland between 1 March and 21 April 2020. Of all the 3,599 elderly patients discharged from hospitals during that period, only 650 of them were tested for Covid-19. …

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National Institute for Health Protection replaces Public Health England

Following criticism of how Public Health England has handled the coronavirus pandemic, today, 18 August 2020, Matt Hancock has unveiled the National Institute for Health Protection, to replace Public Health England, to defend UK from infectious diseases and biological weapons. The Government has said: “The National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) will bring together the …

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