The unenlightened Archers revisited
By Cathy Butterworth
Independent nurse consultant
Thank you to all the comments about the unenlightened Archers. (published as a Caring Times Blog in early August).
I have listened to subsequent episodes and my disquiet about this storyline has not been diminished, as Ruth and husband David are still trying to force Heather to be ‘put into a care home’ permanently.
I was interested to hear from Tony about safeguarding cases being brought when relatives ‘take matters into their own hands’ – this is reassuring.
Irene asked about a response from the BBC. I had an acknowledgement that my email had been received, but I have had no response to my comments.
John is right that there were some positive strands to the story about Jack in a care home. It’s a shame that this positivity had completely disappeared when it came to Christine considering a move to the same care home. Also I acknowledge that it is appropriate to portray Ruth’s anxiety as a daughter and that we cannot expect a fictional programme to teach the public about good social care.
However I do think we can expect the BBC to be accurate about the legal aspects of social care, so that the public’s anxiety isn’t heighted unnecessarily.
I agree with Debbie that the lack of accuracy is lazy and disappointing.
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