A crisis in confidence


Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|As discontent over the apparent impotence of care home owners¹ associations, Bob Ferguson examines the reasons for the frustration.| An underlying malaise, a stultifying apathy among rank and file, has long been the very stuff of care industry politics. Right now, as that apathy mixes with rampant discontent, a few militants are shaking it up into a cocktail which could have incendiary potential for the established order of industry representation. So many home owners are consumed by feelings of frustration and impatience ­ frustrated at the sight of ministers, who have no real understanding of what makes the typical care home tick, playing ducks and drakes with their business prospects; impatient with representative organisations¹ continuing inability to bridge that comprehension gap, and to inject so much as a swerve in government policy direction. Numbers of the malcontents are gathering in ad hoc groups outside the formal ranks of organised bodies, sharing their gripes and, in some cases, seeking supp





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