There needs to be carrots as well as sticks

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

|While homecare has had some recent bad press, SIMON ALCOCK says there is a positive side.| Following BBC TV¹s “Panorama” programme, the homecare sector is at a real low point but there is a positive side, and not only because the only way to go from here is up. The programme raised the profile of the sector in a way no one could have expected. We all welcome greater media focus on the sector. Almost 8,000 calls were made to the BBC in the 12 hours following the broadcast. It gives the sector the opportunity to put things right, a chance to settle disputes once and for all. There is no doubt the programme was a shocking indictment of both the practice of some care agencies and the blind eye seemingly turned by local authorities which commission them. Putting things right will be difficult, however. The situation isn¹t helped by the homecare sector and the Government being at loggerheads over the issue of Criminal Record Bureau checks. However, as there will no doubt be many articles critical of the present

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