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I agree that social care and related health should be administered by one just one authority, but should it be health or social services or should a completely new authority be formed.

As to whether independent social care providers are profiteering from the system I am not too sure for to have quality care does cost.

If Andy Burnham is stating that these social care providers should be run by either social services or health rather than independently, this I would seriously contest. The reason being than generally the most expensive providers are run by these authorities as the lowest paid would generally be paid no less than the Living Wage as opposed to the National Living Wage, their pensions would generally be better as these may still be based on final salaries as to contribution as is the newly created work portable pensions which are being rolled out to all employees who are currently not in a pensionable employment.

The management structures will generally be more expensive to run than in a private provider, but this would depend on the extent of the profit being extracted by the owners from their care company. But with the current state of social services and health finances due to Government austerity cuts the scope for excessive profits are being restrictive.

With regards to zero hours contracts and I agree that they should not used in practice, Local Authorities do use these for some of their workforce, but I am not sure about health.

What should be occurring is zero contracts should be outlawed, everyone should be paid at least the Living wage, which would make the National Living wage redundant. In addition retain the independent providers, but insist on a effective quality control system, which should be independently monitored outwith the care provider, be they independent, Local Authority or health.

There are currently local independent HealthWatch organisation in all localities who do, at present, monitor Care home, GP surgeries, Pharmacies, Dentists and Opticians. Their remit should be extended to day services and all other care providers and their powers should be strengthened, for at present they can not insist to look at records kept by the respective organisations, unless the organisations offer them to the Enter and View representatives. Also they can only state recommendations, but these should be extended to be more than voluntary for the care providers to follow them.

Then the HealthWatch visits would be more on a par to the CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspections.


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 –

Source: The social care system is failing too many | DisabledGo News and Blog


Adult social care is a huge challenge for this Government. underfunding, combined with shortages of nurses and care workers, is putting unprecedented strain on

Source: Social care underfunding leaves many vulnerable people with ‘post code’ basic care | Care Industry News


The guidelines for primary care registration should be clear for all concerned, as should the complaint procedures.

Some administrative and support staff follow their own guidance through ignorance of the correct procedures and this would more than likely be corrected by the practice management and GPs when they are made aware of it.

Current UK regulations to accessing Primary and Secondary care


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Source: ‘Confusion, obstruction and complexity’: How the DWP is denying vulnerable people justice


Ruling will halt thousands of applications involving those with learning disabilities who need treatment involving loss of liberty.

Source: Judge Challenges Government Over Legal Representation For Vulnerable People


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The Francis report, identified systemic, organisational, and, individual failings contributed to “the normalisation of cruelty” in the care in Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The 2012/13 Annual Report by Healthwatch England, showed 94% of the public agreed that the NHS, and social services, could be improved.

1 in 3 of public surveyed, said they knew someone, who they believed, had experienced a serious mistake, abuse, or a preventable illness, or death in a health, or social care service.

All local authorities have now combined with the NHS to form Health and Social Care Trusts.

Last year a report revealed 3 learning disabled a day, died needlessly in NHS care.

SLOVEN NHS, has just revealed,  it only investigated 1% of the deaths of the learning disabled in their care.

In justification of investigating only 1%, they stated;

“National data on mortality rates confirms that the Trust is not an outlier. We believe that…

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Local authorities are letting vulnerable people slip through the net when giving advice about care

Source: Too many councils are failing to meet their Care Act duties | Social Care Network | The Guardian


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Source: ‘Bedroom Tax’ Unlawfully Discriminates Against Vulnerable People | Welfare Weekly

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