The unenlightened Archers revisited


Posted on August 24th, by geoff in CT blog. 2 comments

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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2 responses to “The unenlightened Archers revisited”

  1. John Burton says:

    Has anyone else heard the rumour that Rob Titchener has been head-hunted to open a new 400-bed dementia unit on the site of ? That’s why he’s chucked his job in at the cow factory – nothing to do with fiddling the books, blocking culverts and being a paranoid bully.

    Seriously though . . . Cathy’s blog has made me think about the difference between the national headline denigration of care homes in general and the great local reputations that so many care home really do have. Ruth is caught up in her panic and anxiety with the doomsday shock horror stuff whereas Peggy and others knew what Jack’s good care home was like as a “home”. CQC doesn’t help by trumpeting national figures and stories to justify their own existence, rather than helping people more directly at a local level to find good care.

  2. Bob Ferguson says:

    I know it’s popular, and all that, but why is everybody getting so wound up about the Archers? I may be missing something here, but isn’t it fiction, a product of someone’s imagination? Or have I got it horribly wrong and it’s actually a documentary? Aren’t you being just a tiny bit precious? Much more of it, in fact, and you’ll be able to join social workers in their state of near-permanent agitation about the BBC – in their case about Eastenders’ storylines.

    Why don’t you give the country folk a rest and instead count the number of times staff on TV programmes like Casualty and Holby City study x-rays the wrong way up? Or better still turn your attention to real life problems. I think people can generally work out for themselves what is fact and what is fiction.


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