Prick up your ears

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

|As hospital bed-blocking worsens, new Caring Times columnist Bob Ferguson says the Government is unlikely to see the writing on the wall until their backs are up against it.| From the very day that the Fit for the Future? wish list first cast its shadow over the industry, home owners have been by turn depressed, confused and frustrated. After years spent trying to turn an honest shilling in a market that had been systematically undermined by central government neglect and local authority myopia, they found themselves about to be catapulted into a further dimension of instability – a condition based as much on fear of the unknown as the prospect of change itself. People simply did not know, and could not find out, exactly what would be expected of them. Today, little more than a year after the document was published, owners are even more confused, care homes are being shed like autumn leaves and – much more significantly – bed-blocking figures are at levels that must make Alan Milburn’s blood run cold. Yet hi

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