Lights, camera . . . enforcement action?
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
Philip Scott has suggested that the Care Quality Commission should consider making use of camera surveillance technology as part of the inspection process, as a means of staying within its shrinking budget.
One has to smile, because Philip has a clear commercial interest here; being the founder and managing director of a company which operates a camera surveillance based monitoring service aimed at care homes.
But he could be right on the money. Ever since stationary steam engines replaced pit ponies in coal mines, new technology has inexorably supplanted older ways of doing things.
We may all shudder at the idea of CQC becoming an Orwellian ‘Big Brother’ but, while we all acknowIedge that inspectors and pit ponies are very different beasts, on reflection, not a few care providers might see cameras as being somewhat less intrusive and more objective than a team of inspectors under the present clumsy regime.
What’s the betting that we see a pilot project in the not too distant future, or camera surveillance becoming part of the ‘special measures’ parcel?
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