Although Frances Ryan is correct regarding the systematic erasure of adults with disabilities (Social care is not just about the elderly, 10 February), she misses the point as to the legal intention of David Mowat’s statement. The last group of disabled people in plain sight but relegated to non-existence except during Red Nose Day are of course disabled children and their carers, usually parents and family. Parents have a statutory duty of care towards their children, which adults do not have towards other adults, hence the government’s need to make it more palatable for adults to care for their elderly relatives. There is the perception that parent carers of disabled children, and their children, get the lion’s share of the care system. This is untrue. In fact, the opposite is true. It is disabled children who have lost out completely to adult care, with families and children being abandoned by the state, and indeed wider society, who view disabled people – adults and children –
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Any system is open to abuse, but this is where quality monitoring should be a prime requisite. However, due to austerity cuts, local councils are consistently looking to reduce rates for care providers and by doing so these providers will need to reduce some of the areas which are included in the cacluation of their rates. They may only pay the minimum wage for to pay less is illegal, however, they may try to not provide reimbursments of travel expenses, make charges for uniforms and others. They may also reduce training costs and so may reduce recruiting, however, the latter may mean their staffing numbers may reduce which could mean they can not provde staff for all their contracts. It would be unusal for the profit element to be reduced.
It is therefore essential that there is a robust quality checking facility, This is done to some extent in the UK by the Care Quality Commission, but can they regularly check all establishments. So who else could check quality, this could be the local authorities, but with the Government cuts are they in a position to do so, for although they are constently quoting ‘value for money’ is quality at the forefront of their mind, as they only appear to be looking for the cheaper care providers. Then in doing so will not quality suffer.