A new care association is born – the more, the muddier
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
‘Life of Brian’ fans will recall that film’s lampooning of the bewildering poly-sectarianism in the middle-east – the recent news that a new national care providers association has formed is distinctly Pythonesque.
Those who created the new body will have thought long and hard about it, knowing that they would be criticised for further fragmenting an already fragmented representative structure. Undoubtedly they would have lobbied the existing national bodies to rearrange the priorities on their agendas, and come away empty-handed.
Go to any of the major associations’ websites and read their mission statements and you will find that they all say much the same thing and make much the same claims about representing care providers. The inescapable truth is that, for all their talk of co-operation, they are in competition with each other – they compete for membership, and the resulting fees, and they compete for influence, for places on advisory boards and the like. Care providers are not best served by this kind of competition.
Whatever gloss the newly-formed CAA may put on about working alongside existing national umbrella bodies, the inexorable logic is that this new association would not have come into being if care providers up and down the country were confident that the pre-existing bodies were discharging their functions effectively.
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