NHS funded nursing rates rise by only 2%, a ‘blow’ for the sector

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The government’s decision to increase the amount of money nursing homes can claim from the NHS to cover registered nursing care this year by just 2% will be “the final blow that will see some services shut down”, officials have warned of the sector.

It has been confirmed that from April 1, 2021, the standard weekly rate per person for NHS funded nursing care will drop from £ 183.92 to £ 187.60.

“This decision shows contempt for a sector that has been on the front lines during this pandemic and could be the coup de grace”

Martin Green

Those on a higher rate will also see an increase in the current rate from £ 253.02 to £ 28.08 per week for the next fiscal year.

However, this only applies to those who were already benefiting from the highest rate in 2007, when the single payment tranche was introduced.

This year’s increase reflects the 2% increase given last year, however, Care England pointed out that the industry is in a ‘very different place’ now, in the wake of Covid-19.

The organization said it had worked tirelessly to show how nursing home nurses conducted during the pandemic and provided the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSC) with “ample evidence of these responsibilities and costs. additional, but in vain ”.

Professor Martin Green, Managing Director of Care England, warned of the overall impact the government’s decision could have on the sector, including the risk of closures.

“This move shows contempt for a sector that has been on the front lines during this pandemic and could be the final blow that sees some services shutting down,” he said.

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

Martin Green

The organization urged the government to be “completely transparent” in demonstrating how a 2% increase has come about for 2021-2022, describing the move as “another blow” to the sector.

Professor Green added that following “the salary increase proposed last week for NHS nurses”, the recent nursing funding announcement “has really confirmed that the government is considering nursing home nurses to be care as equally unworthy “.

Responding to concerns raised by Care England, a spokesperson for DHSC acknowledged the “significant challenges” the adult social care sector has faced as a result of the pandemic.

They said he was “extremely grateful to the staff for their unwavering compassion and dedication.”

The spokesperson added: “The NHS funded nursing rate plays an important role in ensuring that individuals and local authorities do not have to cover the cost of nursing care.

“We will continue to work with the industry to understand how Covid-19 impacts the delivery of NHS funded nursing care and the associated costs. “

The latest news comes after a backlash in 2019, which saw the government review and subsequently increase its rates for NHS-funded nursing at the time.


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