No shortage of reports

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

With seemingly endless patience, the various associations doggedly release their qualified welcomes to the plethora of reports and consultations which emanate from government, the Department of Health, the regulator and various NGOs such as the King’s Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In response to the King’s Fund’s “Wanless Report” health minister Liam Byrne has set up a “working group” to address the issues raised by Mr Wanless. Haven’t we been here before? Like seven years ago, when the then health secretary Frank Dobson called for an “informed debate” in the wake of the Royal Commission on funding long term care for older people. The debate goes on, the fine words flourish, the aspirational rhetoric soars on, past clouds nine, ten and eleven while everyone involved in providing care – from care assistant to chief executive – gets with their jobs. By its prolonged inaction, this government has given a clear message that it has no intention of putting long term care on its re

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