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Government introduces new protections if care providers fail

Government introduces new protections if care providers fail
5th December 2012

The government has revealed it is launching new protections for if care providers fail.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb set out plans to protect older adults who rely on care services in the event of a provider failure, such as in the case of Southern Cross.

"We want to make sure every person receiving care and support will continue to get the care they need if a provider exits the market," said Mr Lamb.

He added this is going to be the case regardless of whether an individual covers the cost of their care themselves or receives help from the state.

Mr Lamb said it is clear from the failure of Southern Cross that there is a need for a greater oversight of care providers' finances.

Last month, Mr Lamb confirmed that the government is to provide £5.4 million of funding to local health and care programmes, revealing the fund is going to be divided between 13 organisations over three years.

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