Standards report remains under wraps

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

A bureaucratic bungle over the CPA’s controversial report left red faces in Whitehall last week. The Department of Health publicly welcomed the findings … then refused to reveal what they were. Health Minister John Hutton authorised a formal press release acclaiming the report as a first step towards national standards. “This is an important report that will form the basis of full and open consultation,” he declared. But the report itself was still strictly under wraps with the Centre of Policy on Ageing ordered not to reveal its findings. The bizarre mix-up was clearly frustrating for the CPA and even left officials back at the Health Department baffled and embarrassed. CPA deputy director Gillian Crosby admitted her office telephone was “red hot” as a wave of inquirers sought copies of the report. “But we have been told we cannot release it until we get a letter from the Department and that is likely to be later in the year,” she explained. “It is making everything very difficult and very silly because ma

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