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Department of Health Responds to NCGO's President Letter regarding Care Home for Hindus

Our ref: DE-1064551  
 
Dear Mr Rabheru,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 20 December to Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid and of 1 January to Mr Hunt about the dietary requirements of Hindus and vegetarians and care homes. As this is a care-related matter, your correspondence to Mr Javid has been passed to the Department of Health.  I have been asked to reply to all of your correspondence.

I note your concerns.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for the regulation of social care and care homes, including nutrition and hydration standards.  You may therefore wish to raise your specific concerns with the CQC.  The contact details are available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/contact-us

Local authorities are autonomous, elected public bodies and it is for them to make decisions about the services they purchase from independent care providers to meet the needs of those they provide or arrange care for.  Councils are free to negotiate the terms and conditions of contracts with care providers and are entitled to monitor the services – such as care home services – with which they contract, to ensure that those terms and conditions are met.

You may therefore wish to contact local authorities direct with your request for a list of care homes and care homes catering for Hindu needs.  The contact details for all local authorities in England can be found on the Government’s information and advice website at: http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/Start.do?mode=1
I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
James Shewbridge
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health

 

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