Tom Burgner dies after short illness
Many tributes have been made to senior civil servant Tom Burgner, who died in July, aged 69, after a short illness. Well known and respected throughout the long term care sector, Mr Burgner was commissioned by the last Conservative Government to report on future regulation of social services. He also headed the investigation into poor care and malpractice in some care homes in Buckinghamshire which resulted in “The Independent Longcare Inquiry”. Tom Burgner had recently been appointed to the board of the newly-formed National Care Standards Commission (NCSC)and was vice-chairman of the Relatives and Residents Association since 1996. His dedication to this association is marked by a thoughtful article he wrote about the role of the NCSC, completing it just a couple of weeks before his death.