Taking care of taking care

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

|What, asks Bob Ferguson, can we learn from a decade of care in the community?| Leafing though a recent retrospective on community care, I was struck by a comment from a prominent social services director about the “astronomical” amount of money he reckoned local authorities had saved the government through their care management since 1993. No names, no pack drill, let’s just say he is someone with whom I am not exactly unfamiliar. He may have meant something entirely different, of course, but I took it to be a belated trip to the confessional, as much on behalf of his fellow directors as on his own account. If that was the case, I regret to inform him that, such has been the enormity of the sin, no amount of Hail Marys will warrant absolution. Truth to tell, he has only confirmed what I have always believed: that, secretly, councils felt it their bounden duty to make do with the resources they had been given, taking a perverse pride in spreading the butter thin enough to cover the whole slice, without ever u

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