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By Debbie le Quesne

Savings – but what a cost to quality?

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People who look after elderly loved-ones at home should get state funding, a group of Conservative MPs has said. That all seems fine, but read on . . .

According to the Free Enterprise Group, the Government could save an estimated £1.14 billion a year by funding families directly. Chris Skidmore, the MP for Kingswood, who wrote the report, said, as reported in the Telegraph newspaper: “Where a local authority might otherwise be paying several hundred pounds a week for residential care, they could instead be offering a fraction of that to a relative to provide care themselves.”

 Mr Skidmore said evidence from Germany and Holland showed that putting cash directly in the hands of families to provide “informal” care was more efficient than diverting funds through councils.

Informal care? Who on earth would, or could, monitor the standards of such a system – CQC? And would the caring friends and families get the kind of training we provide for members’ carers? It’s all very worrying.

There’s a point when the level of care required is greater than what can be compassionately and professionally delivered at home. A White Paper is due out in the coming months. We just can’t wait to see it.

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Written by debbielq

May 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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