Burns attacks Ladyman over ‘workhouse’ comment


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

Opposition health spokesman Simon Burns has reacted angrily to health minister Stephen Ladyman1s comments reported in the Financial Times on March 22 – “Minister forecasts decline in care home places”. “I am utterly appalled and wholeheartedly condemn Stephen Ladyman’s description that too much of the residential care home business still has a Å’workhouse mentality1, where older people are seen as Å’a commodity to be managed until they die1,” said Mr Burns soon after the report was published. “Given that the vast majority of people who work in the long term care sector do so entirely honourably as they tirelessly and selflessly dedicate their time and energies to working with some of the most vulnerable and frail members of society, they, along with me, will find these appalling comments utterly degrading. “This yet again highlights this Government1s contempt for those who work in the long term care sector. “First we had the previous Secretary of State refer to people being “banged up” in care homes, we then





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