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WESTMINSTER WATCH - CARE BILL SLAMMED AS CONTRADICTORY

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MPs from all parties have united with the Local Government Association in attacking government plans for fining cou...
MPs from all parties have united with the Local Government Association in attacking government plans for fining councils which cannot provide care home places for hospital patients.

In an effort to end bed-blocking, health secretary Alan Milburn is proposing to force England's councils to pay a total of as much as£100m a year should they fail to provide care.

Though he promised to give councils that sum to help them provide spaces

in care homes, the health secretary's plans were greeted with hostility

during the second reading of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Bill.

Shadow health secretary Dr Liam Fox dismissed the bill as 'pointless, ill-thought out, punitive, contradictory and self-defeating' which blames councils for something beyond their control.

Health select committee chair, Labour MP David Hinchliffe, joined in the condemnation of the bill.

'When I look at the supposed logic behind this particular measure the thinking is completely outdated, the thinking is rooted in a social services environment of at least 20 years ago.'

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