Domiciliary Care Question to the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services

 

Dydd Mercher, 24 Hydref 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012

 

Mark Drakeford: A wnaiff y Gweinidog ddatganiad am ddarparu gwasanaethau gofal cartref yng Nghymru.

[Will the Minister make a statement on the provision of domiciliary care services in Wales.]

 

The Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services (Gwenda Thomas): Responsibility for assessing care needs, and for planning and commissioning services to meet needs identified, rests with local authorities. This includes where domiciliary care services are required. It is the Welsh Government’s responsibility to provide the strategic framework, statutory guidance and the regulatory regime to support those vital services.

 

Mark Drakeford: The collapse of the Southern Cross company in residential care was the result of consolidation within that industry, with companies taking over one another. We now see the same pattern emerging in domiciliary care. What steps is the Welsh Government taking in the discharge of its overall statutory responsibilities to keep a track of this and to advise local authorities, so that we do not end up in the same position in domiciliary care services as we did in the residential care of older people?

 

Gwenda Thomas: Thank you very much for that important point. It is already the case that the regulation of care providers, under the Care Standards Act 2000, includes considering their financial viability. I value the role played by the independent sector in providing social care, but I am aware of the concerns voiced about the dominance of provision of these vital public services. We are therefore working collaboratively with others to raise awareness of alternative models of provision, such as social enterprise. Next year, we will be publishing a White Paper on the future of regulation and inspection of social services, which will take into account what future regulatory regime is needed to have assurance about the suitability of providers and, very importantly, their viability.