New Social Care Bill Proposed In Wales

Welsh GovernmentThe Welsh government has announced a new social care bill to replace the current one in a bid to increase accountability in Welsh care homes.

If passed, the Regulation & Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill would introduce a new model of regulation to improve transparency.

This would include launching annual reports for all Welsh care homes to compare performance, and having a new ratings system for services.

Board members or an owner of a Welsh care home operator would be appointed a ‘responsible individual’ if the bill is passed too.

The Welsh government argues this would encourage more oversight in the care home as a whole, and take responsibility of poor care to the very top of the management hierarchy.

Regulators could also make a care home chain improve all homes if one care home fails quality standards.

Health and social services minister Mark Drakeford AM said: “We have learned lessons from Southern Cross, Mid Staffs, Winterbourne Operation Jasmine and other scandals where people being care for were badly let down by services.

“This new bill is the next step in ensuring social services in Wales are sustainable and fit for the future. It will, if passed create a regulation system geared to support success, not simply to identify failure. But where failure is identified, it will speed up the regulatory response.”