“We don’t care”

My old friend Mr Paul Burstow, is back in the news.  (See an earlier blog where he is mentioned by clicking on “Confusion still Reigns” in the ARCHIVE dated November 2011).

Mr Burstow was the Care Minister from 2010 to 2012 and in that time little progress was made in improving care quality in residential homes.  Since his re-shuffled demise, Mr Burstow has led a year long commission into residential care for the Demos think tank.  It proposes to licence care workers as a way of improving standards of training.  Perhaps Mr Burstow doesn’t know that the Registration Authorities have long asked for all care staff to have at least NVQ Level 2.  Needless to say that has never been enforced, therefore little has changed.

All that licensing is likely to do is create another level of bureaucracy.

The report also calls for care workers to be paid the living wage of £7.65 an hour, (£8.80 in London).  Currently around 80% of basic care staff earn £6.45 an hour, which is a key part of the problem.  Low wages leads to high staff turnover and lack of continuity of care.  This is an endemic problem in the residential care sector.

We, as a society, don’t care about care staff enough to pay them a decent wage, yet we expect them to do jobs that we would not wish to do ourselves for minimum wages.

Social Services and the NHS, who set and pay many of the fees for residential care, are not prepared to advocate higher fees to enable home owners to pay their care staff the level of pay paid to Local Authorities and NHS care workers.

Neither do I remember Mr Burstow recommending higher fees for residential care when he was Care Minister.

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One Response to “We don’t care”

  1. Hi! Good morning, I have found the previous article in the archieves: Makes interesting reading.
    To the current blogg I am perplexed? and slightly confused Not the messenger but the sentiments of the information wishing to be transmitted. The MP or Civil servant wishing to be quoted i noted is alleged to be Paul Birstow ( The Right Honourable?). Money or filthy luker is mentioned in passing, when dealing with the care industry and those within it as residents/patients and staff.
    I certainly wish those earning a living have sufficent monies to live off, and I wish fees for care and support are reasonable, and affordable: Here endeth the lesson.
    I suspect that the government of the modern day UK as John Mentions in some of historic blogs, has not got the will or resources to deal with the elderly/retiree’s and the NHS and social services ethical responsibilities, so we now tax the very people who have earned a nest egg and done there lifestyle and should I say duty to the state in bring up a family and have been working a lifetime to enhance UK plc. The tax levy is not obvious , and is sheltered in fine words such as we offer throught private means retirement housing/Hospital treatment/ and social support for the elderly. We as the retired and elderly population cannot kick the traces and completely rebel we are tied to our limited incomes and tied assets such as a property? It is not a clear cut picture, for what is best either for the individual UK citezen or the UK plc.
    Local taxation as promised by Home Rule for Scotland may not be a panacea for all our ills but a millstone around our necks, as their is bound to be MP Constiuances with unbalanced age groups and social needs, such as employment, hospitals etc., who has what social assett who pays for what, and in what percentage do I pay to support such social needs? One may get pockets of the very rich and the very poor, again nice if one is rich but not my view of ‘ Merry England’ There must be some balance or a twinge of some form of social concious within us all.
    As John mentions in some earlier blogs one has to look nearer home to start with and care for one nearest and dearest, and act responibly with respect to how you may wish them to be treated as they grow older, and provide a modest amount for ones self as one draws nearer to the age of total dependency on others whether this be financially of healthwise. ‘One cannot have ones cake and eat it?’

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