Have faith in yourself – stand up and be counted

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

There’s no doubt in my mind that governments – at least in this country – see it as their function to “manage” the state in the interests of the people. However, governments which lack effectively challenging opposition to test their legislation and policies, can and do lose sight of their primary task. Complacency and compliance are killing good care While the intentions of this Government’s health and social care policies have been broadly good, in practice they have been costly, ineffectual, and often irrelevant. The culture of central targets and performance has produced some absurd results by diverting the public sector (and much of the voluntary sector) from its primary task. Talk to the people who are doing the work and those who manage them, and they will tell you how they are prevented from doing the job by the imposition of central targets. Few senior managers actually believe that this is the way to run their organisations, yet hardly any dare to risk their fat salaries and promotion pr

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