Care homes to be subject to new rating system

November 27th, 2012 Category: Building Management

Care homes and larger healthcare providers may want to think about becoming the latest public institutions to outsource tasks to firms such as cleaning contractors to ensure that standards remain high, as the government looks to reintroduce a ratings system to the industry.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that facilities will be given Ofsted-style ratings as part of a major new initiative that aims to identify and eradicate "bog-standard" performance.

It is believed that he has acted after a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog found standards are currently so poor that one in five care homes do not even provide residents with adequate meals.

The new ratings system will be published on an official website, allowing the public to have the information at their fingertips.

It is hoped by the coalition that this transparency will not only allow patients to make a more informed choice, but also shame underperforming institutions into improving.

The Daily Mail reports that Mr Hunt will announce the changes at a speech at the King's Fund in London tomorrow.

According to the paper, he will say: "Given the scale of some of the problems we’re uncovering in care provision, it's now clear it was a big mistake by Labour to abolish star ratings in 2008.

"In doing so they not only deprived the public of vital information, they abolished the pressure for a constant, relentless improvement in standards."

Earlier this month, Capita chief executive Paul Pindar told Reuters that he believes that public sector outsourcing will continue to be popular in the run up to the next general election, as hospitals, offices and educational establishments look to maintain standards while still chipping away at the budget deficit that the government has.

The outsourcing industry is a "force for good" and it would help the UK economy get back on track, he added.