We’ve read the runes, now let’s see the evidence
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
There’s no shortage of doom prophets in the care sector at the moment. Bed losses, staff shortages, soaring wage bills, social services stripped to the bone, a regulator which seems to be making it up as it goes along. In the imagination, one can hear the final glugs as the good ship Social Care settles on to the seabed.
A prophet, of doom or otherwise, is not without honour save in his own country, but those foretelling dire outcomes for frail elderly people seem to be most acclaimed from within the sector and by journalists who are ever looking to top-up their stock of marketable woes.
And meanwhile, people who lack the good fortune to live in the UK are queuing-up to invest in care homes built on British soil, albeit almost exclusively for the self-pay market. Our American buddies see future jam from the ageing demographic, gloomy predictions from the doom-mongers notwithstanding.
But there is some gloom, and a little bit of doom out there. If the quality and quantity of state-funded care is a measure of standard-of-living (and it should be) then there has been negative pressure on our standard-of-living over the past five years or so and this is likely to get worse over the coming two years.
So, while there is little satisfaction to be drawn from saying ‘I told you so’, perhaps it’s time for the doom prophets to maintain their honour by pointing to the manifestations of sector collapse.
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