‘It’s social care Jim, but not as we know it’
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
It is well recognised that the existing political machine makes reform of health and social care very difficult. No sooner is one election out of the way but de facto campaigning for the next one begins. Any move towards reform of the NHS is immediately tarred with the brush of ‘creeping privatisation’ and it’s a brave prime minister or opposition leader who will go there.
Private providers of health and social care have been largely acquiescent in the present scheme of things. GPs are private contractors to the NHS but they don’t draw much attention to that, and there are many privately-operated hospitals which effectively hide themselves behind the NHS logo. I think this is a mistaken attitude – primary and secondary healthcare providers should adopt a slogan, something like ‘Proudly providing excellence to the NHS’ and emblazon it across their facilities.
Private providers of social care could also be more proactive, rather than meekly trying to survive in whatever economic and regulatory environment the Government chooses to inflict on them. It may be beyond the wit of government to come up with a fair and equitable funding mechanism for social care but that doesn’t mean that the models aren’t out there.
The associations have their work cut out for them, trying to influence government policy and what is needed is for the private sector to come up with a cogent, comprehensible plan – successive governments have shown themselves to be incapable of doing it on their own.
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