I thank you for this information as it is broadening my knowledge regarding disability. As I did not become involved in disability areas until the 1980s, I was unaware that disability had been within health before the 1970s, although I was aware of the health and social care models to some degree, but did not do any background research.
I became aware of disability in the 1980s when I met my current wife, who already had a disabled daughter, so this was my introduction and I went on a steep learning curve on how my wife and her daughter was being dealt with at that time. I did not like what I was seeing and did my best to improve their lives, but I did not have any experience in dealing with authorities, but since then I have gained in those areas and and again I did not care for what I was seeing, as even with the social model people were not being treated as individuals as they had to fit in with an inadequate system, not realising that previously the system had been even more inadequate.
There were many words spoken by these authorities, but on now looking back they were just saying the words and not understanding there meanings, either by design or not..
Yes, by moving much of disability to be under Local Council authorities may have been an improvement, but the improvement was way short of what it should have been. Perhaps, this had more to do with funding, than other matters, or am I just being generous in my thought process.
But, for whatever the reason , the move to social care has not worked.
Now, I am not saying disability should be brought back into health, but social care and health care for disabilities should be under the responsibility of one organisation and current, health seems to have more in its favour than social or would a completely new organisation be better and take all aspects of social and health care under its wing.
But, whatever, is to be done sufficient funding as to be made available and not made to exist on a ‘shoe-string’ like at present. Also, not to be used within the aspects of a ‘political football’ as we have seen in many other areas over the years. This being, some funding, but most likely not enough to be made available when the then Government feels like it and not when it does not. Here we are dealing with peoples lives and for many of them, if not most, due to circumstances beyond their control, for no one willingly wishes to be disabled and many will have been from birth.
People with disabilities have to be treated with respect and dignity and the current state of Social Care is falling way short on this, not due to the people working within the Care Profession, but down to the various authorities, of which the government is the main authority.
For we hear them speak, sometimes, but not enough, but then actions are even less, if at all. This and previous Governments have made promises after promises, not never any actions to make these promises good.
This has to STOP and STOP now. Yes, due to COVID-19 this Government has been spending money, which technically they have not got, but disabled people have to be given respect and dignity and this is at a cost, which has to come from the Government.
The Government and most in authority do not have a clue, but disabled people do and therefore the Government needs to listen to disabled people from every quarter to gain a full grasp of what is required.
Do not use labels, but look at people as individuals who are all different and create a system that adjusts to the person and not, as currently, where the person has to adjust to the system, ‘person-centred care’ as it should be and not what can be afforded.
This will be some task and the Government needs to be open to it, but, unfortunately time is not on our side, for this should have been done many years ago, but currently, Social Care is in a severe crisis and may not have much longer before it eventually completely disintegrates.
The crisis in Social Care needs to be solved and solved now.
Above I have mentioned some of the reasons, but there are many more, which is why I created the Petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care
As I have said there are many reasons for the crisis and many of these can be found by looking at https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8h8caytwwh3beq/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%20%208.docx?dl=0
There will be other reasons and by all of us ‘working together’ the crisis can be solved.
Please support the petition.
Source: Will social care go back into the NHS? – DPAC