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National Care Association calls for cost considerations

13th February 2006

The chief executive of the National Care Association has said that although they welcomed the plans, some concerns have been raised over the potential cost of the initiative.

Speaking to BBC One's Breakfast programme, Sheila Scott warned that care homes could be hit by the financial burden of registering staff and called for the government to think carefully over the details and the impact they will have.

"Although it will be expected by government that the workers themselves will pay to be registered in reality the employers will pay to register their staff I’m quite sure," Ms Scott explained.

Plans to ensure that all workers involved with elderly and vulnerable people are registered on a national basis were announced by the government last week after concerns over training standards.

The chief executive acknowledged the importance of improving standards and providing consistent care services across the UK but added that financial costs must be considered.