How I wonder what you are

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

The three wise men from the east may have been happy to rely on blind faith when following that bright light in the sky, but it will take considerably more to convince care home owners that the Commission for Social care Inspection’s (CSCI) planned rating system possesses the necessary star quality. At this stage their proposals, as outlined in “A Quality Future” (shouldn’t it have a question mark?), bear the unmistakable scars of a rushed job. As for their claims to transparency, frankly, I’ve seen clearer pea soup. Whether the final scores on the doors should be denoted by stars or suns or moons – or commodes, for that matter – is no big deal; there are much bigger fish to fry. The use of a rules-based approach to determine the finished product bathes the system in a reassuring glow of objectivity. Mere illusion when its constituent parts, outcome scores, have themselves been fashioned from a rash of individual opinions. The only incontestable characteristic of this building block methodology

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