Disappointing news re health care assistants

‘Deeply disappointing’ that government rules out registration of health care assistants – Alzheimer’s Society

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced a number of measures on Tuesday 26th February 2013 to improve patient safety including a statutory duty of candour on all health and social care providers requiring them to inform patients of serious risks to service users. The announcements came as part of the Government’s response to Robert Francis’ report into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.

In addition to these announcements, the Secretary of State explicitly ruled out proposals to require that all Healthcare Assistants undergo professional registration.

Alzheimer’s Society comment:

‘Too often we hear that dementia care in hospitals and care homes is unacceptable. Real professional standards and registration for the healthcare assistants who so often provide personal care does not constitute a box ticking exercise and to suggest as such is a deeply disappointing compromise of patient safety for cost or convenience.

We welcome the introduction of a duty of candour for all health and social care institutions as a progressive step which may help bring about a culture change in the way poor care is dealt with. People with dementia occupy a quarter of hospital beds and 80 per cent of care home places so any reforms must be conceived with them in mind.

Jeremy Hughes

Chief Executive

Alzheimer’s Society

Notes :

  • One in three people over 65 will develop with dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
  • Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
  • Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer’s Society has a plan to deal with dementia. Help us support people to live well today and fight for a world without dementia tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk
© Alzheimer's Society - February 2013

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