Caremark franchisee probes PM on home care funding at Downing Street reception

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A Caremark franchisee and London hospital manager has met with Boris Johnson to discuss the future of domiciliary care.

Noorina Boodhooa, owner of the company’s branch in Barnet, North London, and senior clinical site manager at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, quizzed the prime minister about long-term funding solutions and improving hospital-to-home transfers at a Downing Street reception.

Boodhooa, who facilitates patient flow through the hospital, said: “By allocating more funding to community-based care services, the government could allow patients ready to be discharged from hospital to return home and receive any additional support they need there, freeing up hospital beds and resources.

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“Mr Johnson was very receptive to my ideas and emphasised his commitment to the NHS with the promise of investment and additional nurses.”

Through Caremark Barnet, Boodhooa aims to set up an after-hours call service to allow patients discharged from hospital late at night to go home straightaway, freeing up hospital resources. She hopes to garner support from local MPs.

“Finding suitable care placements for patients who could otherwise be discharged can be challenging, unnecessarily extending their stay in hospital and exacerbating this problem,” she said.

The meeting at Downing Street took place on December 18, when the government invited a select group of NHS professionals for afternoon tea.

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