Let’s wind down the top-up
The humorist AP Herbert was not a man to pass up an opportunity to air his point of view. It was a propensity he defended with characteristic aplomb: â€œIf nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.â€ There’s absolutely no chance of the quiet life with today’s media, where Herbert’s aphorism is taken as an article of faith. Unfortunately, in the resulting clamour it’s often difficult to tell fact from opinion, analysis from speculation. Earlier this year, a columnist in a well-regarded daily newspaper comprehensively rubbished the care home sector with his assertion that less than 15 per cent of the market provides â€œreally good careâ€ â€“ that’s some indictment. Fortunately for home owners, coincidence intervened: the Commission for Social Care Inspection’s (CSCI) evidence-based assessment which, as luck would have it, was published on the self-same day, painted a much more positive picture. Happy for some, embarrassing for one.