November 16, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.42

Care News

Further to last weeks item with reference to Britain's 48 hour week "opt out". Finland had suggested a compromise proposal but France, Spain and Italy refused to back the option. The resulting non agreement between members means that Britain's "opt out" remains in place.

The "opt out" is not an option only for Britain, other countries could also use it. However, Britain is the only country to make widespread use of it.

The plans that have been around for sometime to merge the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and the Mental Health Act Commission have been dropped from the Queens Speech. The mergers were due to take place by 2008. This will not now happen but could come back at a later date however.

Care agency acquisition
Clairmar Care Group plc has agreed to by BR Care group Ltd, for a maximum consideration �1.4m. BR Care Group operate from branches in Bradford, Craven, Rochdale and Chester. They deliver 3500 hours per week and currently employ 150 care workers.

In-House News

Potential clients were visited this week in South Wales, Cornwall and Dorset.

A client review took place in Norfolk and a risk assessment review was held in Suffolk.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Norfolk and in Devon.

A Respite post has been taken on in Somerset. Frail, elderly couple. Salary �622.00 inc. Care Manager Ruth Divey.

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Interesting Information

At the end of March 2006, there were 152,000 on the register of blind people. In March 1997 there were 158,000.

There are approximately 10,000 centenarians in the UK.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.