Lords debates NHS care home payments
11 June 2019
Members of the Lords discussed regulations increasing the rates the NHS pays for social care on Monday 10 June.
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National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2019
This statutory instrument (SI) increases the rates that the NHS pays to care homes to cover the costs of services that must be carried out by a registered nurse.
Baroness Thornton (Labour) proposed a motion to regret against the SI. The motion was on the basis that the "efficiency expectation" included in the rate increase is unrealistic and may lead to further shortfalls in social care funding. The motion also regretted that the government still does not have a long-term funding package for social care, which is urgently needed to alleviate financial instability in the care home sector.
This motion would not have stopped the SI, but, if agreed, would have provided an opportunity for the House to put its regret and agreement with Baroness Thornton's concerns on record.
After a short debate in the chamber, the motion was withdrawn.
How do these draft instruments become law?
These regulations were presented as a Statutory Instrument (SI). An Act will often contain a broad framework and statutory instruments are used to provide the necessary detail that would be too complex to include in the Act itself. They are also easier to change than an Act – for example to upgrade the rate of payment each year or amend the necessary forms in the light of experience.
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