Markets, regulation, and individual choice in care

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

|In November, Professor John Spiers, a board member of of the National Care Standards Commission, spoke at the Lancashire Care Homes Association annual conference. Extracts of his speech, which are his personal views, appear below.| All the best modernised care is personalised care. It is best delivered by personalised and empowered purchasing. Health and social care is by its very nature uniquely personal, intimate, separable, individual and timely. Without the independent sector there would be no care across most of the spectrum which the NCSC regulates, yet the business model, particularly for long-term elderly residential care, is absurdly fragile and in severe crisis. The NCSC, in my view, has paid too little attention to this. You cannot will the ends without willing the means. In addition, I have consistently urged that the NCSC should be much more prominent in the real debate about funding, as well as on the relationship ­ which is complex ­ between regulation and markets. I have constantly urged th

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