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Domiciliary care cuts are a false economy and will hit the NHS

by Bridget Warr, head of United Kingdom Home Care AssociationOur survey of home care providers’ experiences of recent local authority commissioning decisions makes uncomfortable reading. Most local authorities are responding to financial constraint by reducing the visits and hours of home care service commissioned. Not surprisingly, providers, whether third sector or commercial, are concerned that […]

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Question marks surround Dilnot commission proposals

By Peter Beresford, chair of user-led organisation Shaping Our Lives, and professor of social policy at Brunel University. Much has happened in social care since the Dilnot commission on its future funding, which reports today, was established. We have had the scandals of Southern Cross and Winterbourne View Hospital, damning Equalities and Human Rights Commission […]

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If Southern Cross gets a public bail out it must accept public responsibilities

by Allan Norman, Principal Social Worker & Solicitor at Celtic Knot (, an independent law firm and social work practice. So, Southern Cross is in financial difficulties? Lest we forget, Southern Cross Healthcare Ltd was the company at the heart of one of the most significant – and depressing – human rights cases of the […]

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The big business behind care homes

by Terry Philpot As corporate ventures continue to enrich themselves in the care market, no one questions where this leaves vulnerable people Even in tough times for social care there’s a morsel of comfort for some people. Take Richard Midmer, group finance director of Southern Cross Healthcare, the country’s biggest care home provider. In 2009 […]

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