Care homes association defends its record on abuse

    Chair of the National Care Homes Association Sheila Scott has
    defended the organisation’s record over tackling elder abuse
    following a stinging attack by an MP, writes Derren
    Hayes.
     

    Scott “refuted” any suggestions the NCHA did not
    take elder abuse seriously and said its primary aim was to raise
    standards of service across the sector.

    Her comments came after Labour MP for Stourbridge Debra Shipley
    publicly raised concerns over the association’s failure to
    respond to her six letters detailing elder abuse in care homes.
    Shipley asked how NCHA could ensure that new staff were suitable to
    work in a care home without having a Criminal Records Bureaux check
    – something Scott has argued for.

    “If individuals within the care homes sector wish to lobby
    for the removal of protections for care home users, it is incumbent
    upon them to explain how they will ensure new care home staff are
    suitable for the job,” Shipley said.

    However, Scott said it was a breakdown in communication and that
    she had replied to a number of the letters. “I wrote to her
    on 11 May and again last week saying we could meet and clear the
    air – there’s been some sort of
    misunderstanding,” she added.

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