Tom Gordon, is at it again.
‘Fresh doubts over Sturgeon’s care service shakeup?‘
A tabloid approach going back centuries, undermining a policy development, carefully and with good intentions, developed by many political and academic figures, with politicised associations such as ‘Sturgeon’ or ‘Salmond’.
Calling it a ‘shakeup’ to imply no real philosophical basis.
Yesterday, the actual expert on these matters, Derek Feeley, Chair of the Independent Review of Adult Social Care, spoke to Holyrood’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.
He said that there were “huge opportunities” in the bill.
He added that it is “incredibly encouraging that we are having this conversation about human rights” when it comes to the Scottish Government’s approach to a National Care Service.
Most impressively, he said: “in Scotland, we could be way beyond what other countries aspire to”.
‘EXPERTS have challenged?’
Jackie Irvine, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, told MSPs that leadership and engaging with the people using services were more important than structures.
The Care Inspectorate failed the many who died in the care homes by their lack of will, over years, to force the corporate homes to staff and to operate properly. They need replacing by an institution staffed by central government appointed inspectors who will be rightly feared by the owners and managers for whom profit is the overriding motive.
Irvine is not so much an expert as an interested party, appointed to her current post only in June 2022.
Claire Burns, director of the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, said there seemed to be a misleading assumption that structural change per se was beneficial.
Does the Scottish Government actually say structural change per se is beneficial? Aunt Sally? Straw Man?