Have your say

    Community Care’s new online discussion forum
    ‘Have your say’ offers the opportunity to air your
    views on a current controversy.

    All you have to do is click here
    to make your point.

    This week’s issues are access to services and the new guidance
    from the government ‘Fair Access to Services’. Will it help deal
    with the postcode lottery of services? What do you think? – Have
    your say by clicking


    Recent ‘Have your say’ contributions:

    Last week’s issues were child protection and
    public-private partnerships:

    With regards to the ‘have your say’ in this
    week’s Community Care on child protection. I would have to
    say that this very much depends on which local authority you work
    for. I have recent experience of working for 2 L/A’s, one of which
    was excellent and child protection was not threatened nor were
    individuals scapegoated, on the contrary, staff were well
    supervised and supported.

    This cannot however be said of my most recent experience working
    for a different L/A where staff shortages did jeopardise children’s
    safety and staff were poorly supervised, if at all, and were
    definitely held personally responsible when things went



    I am both the marketing manager of a company
    supplying a successful care management solution, and the carer of
    my father who lives with us and has vascular dementia.

    To me, the most pressing concern with using private sector
    agencies is that the staff involved in many cases are highly
    dedicated – even to the point of ‘owning’ problems with my father.
    However, compared to the public sector, in my experience, they are
    not paid for or allocated travel time or costs, they have to have
    training in their own time, and they are paid probably less than
    shelf-stackers in our local supermarket.

    Funding for care usually comes from two sources: government, and
    contributions from the client. Surely then the answer is to use
    these funds in the most cost effective way, whether from private or
    public resources.

    However, there has to be a level playing field, and that can
    only come about by better contracted working conditions for staff
    of private as well as public sector organisations.

    I have written a much more detailed paper on this, if you would
    like to see its contents, but it is more marketing biased. However,
    the question of good quality care – from whatever source – is
    closest to my heart.

    Geoff Morris

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