If we bend too far, we’ll fall over

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

Moves to introduce more flexibility to the National Standards could, argues Bob Ferguson, be counterproductive I have made it my New Year1s resolution to save the humble National Minimum Standards from extinction. Not that I1m an apologist for the Department of Health1s prescriptions, you understand. It1s just that, given the current fashion for modification – or “fudging”, as one director of the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) would have it – I can see the concept going the way of Robertson1s “Golly” and premarital chastity. The words “national” and “minimum” are rapidly becoming superfluous appendages, far from the original intention that they should be defining characteristics: all in the name of flexibility. A good thing too, home owners will say. Well, maybe. We should recognise that flexibility is only the acceptable face of inconsistency. If that1s a trifle philosophical for your taste, think about the practical implications. Specifically, the likelihood that we will have to come to terms w

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