The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed an announcement by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, that the government will be seeking to cut red tape that unnecessarily diverts care staff from looking after patients.
Said RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell: “We are pleased to hear from the Business Secretary that he recognises the negative impact made on care homes when different public agencies keep asking for basically the same information.
“It is time-consuming and wasteful of scarce resources for our managers and staff to have to fill in forms for all these organisations. Anything that can be done to reduce the administrative burden will be highly beneficial. Less paperwork, especially when that paperwork is more or less a duplication of previously completed paperwork, means more time to spend on delivering high quality care. That, after all, is what really matters.”
Mr Ursell said the RNHA would be happy to collaborate with Mr Javid’s department in developing a more rational approach that maintained the necessary protections for care home residents whilst avoiding wasteful duplication of time, effort and money.