Easy ride for council care homes?
|By Trevor Sandell| I wrote earlier in the year (CT, April 2003) about the poor or, more accurately, non-existent record of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) in the inspections of council-owned residential homes. One of the main reasons for the establishment of the Commission was the need to rigorously inspect these homes and to enforce standards but, as it turned out, the Commission allowed them a year’s grace in order to register; in the meantime no proper inspections took place. Given that local council homes care for just as many frail and vulnerable people as the private and voluntary sector this caused me some concern and to wonder just who was looking after their interests and preventing abuse. I was also only too aware that many local councils had woefully neglected the upkeep of their homes over many years, and that they fell far below inspection standards. I had been given absolute assurances, both verbally and in writing, that all such homes had been given a date of March 31, 2003 by wh