Let’s count our blessings – it won’t take long

Posted on June 27th, by geoff in CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson

All weekend I‘ve been asking myself; what can one say in the immediate aftermath of an equivocal referendum result which nevertheless commits the nation to a significant change in direction?

Try as I have, I cannot see any upsides for the social care sector. There are certainly a few downsides: Unless the British pound makes a rapid recovery (which it may, and hopefully will) the flow of foreign capital into the UK is likely to be stemmed and this will have an adverse impact on care home capacity as new builds dwindle.

Hopefully, recruitment won’t suffer but who is to say at this stage? And we shouldn’t expect any slackening of the regulatory reins because the fabric of social care regulation in the UK is essentially homespun.

Will returning cross-channel ferries be filled with elderly erstwhile expats no longer confident of their host countries’ willingness to absorb them into their social care systems?

In Westminster our political leaders are too busy reshuffling themselves and asking ‘what have we done?’ and ‘what will we do?’ to be bothered with the bleating of frail elderly people on inadequate homecare packages who cannot find nor afford a place in a care home.

Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, faint heart never won fair lady and all that. But as we cast off our shackles and march boldly into the future, I think a great many of us will have our fingers firmly crossed.

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2 responses to “Let’s count our blessings – it won’t take long”

  1. Bob Ferguson says:

    In the pragmatic spirit of “we are where we are” – namely, dans la merde – the man in Downing Street can start his atonement for this fiasco, providing he retains the ability to do something about it, by planning for damage limitation. A priority must be to reward Boris for his selflessness by appointing him Governor General of Tuvalu. Sorry Tuvalu! But he must be put somewhere, anywhere, as far distant as possible from the centre of power.

  2. My worry is that social care will go to the back of the queue as the economic pressures increase and its voice will be even less influential than it is now.

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