Key social care bodies believe they will avoid DoH cull

    The General Social Care Council and Commission for Social Care
    Inspection believe they unlikely be affected by a halving of
    arms-length public bodies announced by the Department of
    Health, writes Derren Hayes.  

    Both CSCI and the GSCC are included in a list of 42 ALPBs
    identified by health secretary John Reid to be included in a review
    of their roles. He aims to save £500 million by cutting the
    number funded by the NHS by 50 per cent and reducing staff numbers
    by a quarter by 2007/08.

    It follows an earlier review of ALPBs which concluded there are too
    many overlapping and duplicating functions; unnecessary regulatory
    and policy activities; back office functions such as human
    resources, finance, IT and estates could be rationalised; and many
    bodies could be merged.

    The savings will be channelled into front line services, Reid
    said.

    GSCC chief executive Lynne Berry said she expected its
    “vital” work to continue.

    CSCI chair Denise Platt, said it was at the forefront of the
    process having brought together the work of the three predecessor
    organisations.

    “The social care sector joins up with many different services
    such as the NHS, education and the criminal justice system. This is
    a tremendously important role where the frontline services need to
    be properly supported by arms-length bodies such as
    ourselves,” she added.

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