We’ve read the runes, now let’s see the evidence

Posted on April 11th, by geoff in CT blog. 1 Comment

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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One response to “We’ve read the runes, now let’s see the evidence”

  1. John Burton says:

    There are prophets and profits. Time for a bit of honesty about both. Like prime ministers and MPs, providers of publicly funded care should declare their profits and be taxed on them in this country. Our taxes should not be contributing towards excessive and untaxed profits and capital gains. And the prophets of doom should stop crying wolf. As for the honest and struggling care providers, of which there are many, the government, through their creation and maintenance of irrelevant and costly regulation, has imposed huge additional costs on social care. These costs begin with fees and have spiralled out of control on “quality compliance”. The costs are not only financial: this superficial notion of “quality” undermines good care. Time spent on quality reduces person to person quality time. Regulation and inspection are both necessary to check that providers are meeting minimum standards, but should not be at the expense of real care.

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