Choose your poison – it won’t change much in social care
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
In a January blog, I predicted that social care would not figure highly in the current general election campaign. I didn’t need to be Nostradamus to be right on the nail.
Of course social care gets a mention now and then – various politicians refer to ‘health and social care’ and then go on to talk about health, and of course the Green Party, bless them, do promise to make social care free.
No one, however, seems to be prepared to spell out the role that social care would play in their version of a reformed healthcare service. Instead they harp on about their populist policies and spend far too much time trying to frighten us with the dire consequences of voting for anyone else but themselves. It’s worse than the World Cup and the Olympics all rolled into one. Our household now has Classic FM set as our default radio station, replacing Radio 4, until after the election.
What is certain is that once the dust settles in mid-May, the new administration won’t be making any big changes in the social care arena – it’ll be ‘muddle along as before’, the same laissez-faire approach which leaves the tough decisions to the ever pragmatic private providers, with the bill being paid by our presently asset-rich elderly population (the care cap being nothing more than an intelligence-insulting piece of window-dressing).
This I think, is the nub of the ideological debate which the politicians appear unwilling to address.
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