Category Archives: Disability

Disabled boy loses overnight NHS care because parents cannot afford heating | Disability | The Guardian

Family unable to afford high energy bills left to provide 24-hour care after Welsh health board ‘stops guaranteeing nursing package’

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The true state of social care and the cost of living crisis in the UK, but good that the voluntary sector picks up the slack, but for how much longer can they afford to do so.

The Government needs to deal with all this before it is way too, which it already is for some.

But then we will need a caring Government, has anyone seen one lately or even one on the horizon.

Source: Disabled boy loses overnight NHS care because parents cannot afford heating | Disability | The Guardian

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Disabled care home residents evicted in charity’s dispute with councils | Social care | The Guardian

This is how it is and has been for many years,

“Social care desperately needs long-term investment and we cannot continue like this,” said Jackie O’Sullivan, Mencap’s director of communication, advocacy and activism. “We are relying on the goodwill of good people for the sector to stay afloat and it’s clear that the system is broken.”

One physically disabled Leonard Cheshire resident said he had felt trapped in the middle of a game of hardball between the charity and his council funder after being told by his care home manager last month that he faced eviction.

Keith Harris, 47, who is paralysed from the neck down and requires a 24-hour care presence, said he blamed persistent central government underfunding of social care for his predicament. “There needs to be an NHS level of funding for social care; it needs to be treated like a national treasure too,” he said.

Unfortunately, due to years and years of Government underfunding of Local Authorities, LAs, these LAs are unable to funding Social Care to the degree that is necessary.

LAs have been deliberately been severely underfunded by Conservative Government since 2010 through their use of austerity cuts to the Government grants to LAs and is still doing so.

But Social Care has been underfunded for many years previously by all Governments because it is not held in anywhere near the same esteem as the NHS when it should always have been. Also, unlike the NHS, it is not free at the point of delivery, although the full cost of social care is not charged to persons who have savings of less than £23250. Over £23000 persons in need of care have to fully fund their own need of social care, until their savings are reduced to below £23250.

Why should there be this discriminationfor those in need of social care are generally persons who can least afford any contributions, which can be and most likely are in excess of £100 per week. Although the weekly charge can be reduced by applying Disability Related Expenses, (DREs) when a financial assessment is conducted.

However, if the social care can be deemed as nursing health care then that particular part of social care can be fully funded by the relevant health area and an assessment will be done by the local Continuing Health Care , (CHC). So, dependent on the Assessment of Needs done by both Social Care on behalf of LAs and CHC on behalf of the NHS, the care package could be fully funded by Social Care or the NHS, or alternatively jointly funded by Social Care and NHS dependent on the split of Social Care and NHS care in the respective care packages.

So, even further discrimination, as some conditions causing a need for a care package are deemed to be health related and some social care related. This just further complicates a system which is already so complex and so much time is spent finding out who should pay for what, which is expensive use of staff time and could delay the start of commencing a care package, although the Care Act 2014 does state it should not. But, in many cases the Care Act is not fully following the Care Act unless legally instructed to do so, by cases being submitted to the Health and Social Care Ombudsman or though a Judical Review, but that again will delay the commencement of the care package. But submission can’t be made to the Ombudsmans until a Formal Compliant has been made and 12 weeks have elapsed from doing so. With Judical reviews this is even more difficult and legal costs could be involved and many persons wishing to have a Judical review will not be able to afford to do so and will therefore need either Legal Aid to do so, which is far from easy to obtain, or receive the legal service on a ‘win no pay’ basis, but trying to obtain there services is also not easy as many Legal firms are only willing to take on these cases where it is virtually certain a win will be successful.as if the case is lost the person bringing the review will not only have to pay their own costs but, more than likely, those of the defending party. If the case is won then the costs of the person bringing the review will be taken from the award given.

No wonder there is such a massive crisis in social care, through years and years of Government underfunding, but the lack of required social care also increases the demand on the NHS as insufficient social care not only causes health deteriorations in the person in need of care, but also their other family members who will also be undergoing great stress and will be trying to provide care, which they are no longer, really able to do, as no family applies for social care if the could provide it themselves, as providing care seriously damages the health of other family members.

This is all down to UK Governments not taking on its responsibilities for fully funding social care and in doing so social care is not really availableas it should be and needs to be.

But, the lack of funding is not only causing lack of funding for care packages, but the funding is also causing a severe defficiency in the numbers of persons willing to work in social care due to the abysmal remunerations they recieve for the work they do, their terms of employmentand working conditions and much more.

For care workers also need to recieve sufficient reimbursement of travel expenses, full holiday and sick pay and much more. Care workers are just as necessary as all workers in the NHS and should be paid accordingly, as many, only recieve the National Living Wage or just above. which in reallity is nowhere near a living wage in this current state of the cost of living in the UK. To make it a real living wage for the work done, care workers should be on at least £14/15 per hour and not the less than £10 they currently receive.

If social care is not, at last fully sufficiently funded then this will not only eventually lead to the total demise of social care in the UK, but could well be, also the total demise of the NHS as well.

So, Sunak and Hunt, listen for once in your lives and ensure social care if sufficiently funded, not, maybe, sometime in the future, but now as time is not on our side, otherwise the demise of social care will be total and most, if not all persons in need of social care will no longer be around and this is for both children and adults, not only the elderly, which is what most people consider are the only persons needing social care, for it is far from it. Children and other adults may not be in residential or nursing care homes, but receive or should recieve social care through home care, respite, supported living and Hospices, etc.

Social Care needs sufficient funding now not just in the future, give it before it is too late.

 

Source: Disabled care home residents evicted in charity’s dispute with councils | Social care | The Guardian

Social Care and why Change is required

In the UK we have many issues, even though there is much to be proud of.

In 1948 the Government of the day created the Welfare State and in doing so the NHS was born.

This was a great achievement and one we have all become to be proud of, yes, there are many problem issues, but the concept is to be proud of. Universal health care free at the point of delivery for everyone was and is a great concept.

Unfortunately, in 1948 this concept was not extended to social care and while it was improved it was not put on a formal process until 1970 when it became fully in the realms of the Local Authorities. But, as with all Government projects where the Government gives responsibility to others, the Government never fully funds the project, if they fund it at all.

Even with the NHS, it became very clear early on that the funding was not right, as in 1950s a prescription charge had to be introduced, I believe it was 1 Shilling.

Although the NHS has continued to be Government funded, not always to the extent that it should have been, as any area liable to Government funding , is, in effect, dealt with as a ‘political football’ it is kicked about and the funding is dependent on the Government of the day and the so called, ‘economic conditions’ of the day and not as it should be the real need of effective and sufficient finance.

But Social Care as never been subjected to Government direct funding, when it should have been, but left to each Local Authority, (LAs) to fund social care as they deem necessary, but not by need, but by funding resources. To do this LAs obtain some funding locally through Council Tax, Business Rates and some from Government ‘Grants’.

Council tax is based on each individuals property whether it is rented or owned and no account of the individuals income is taken into account, so you could have a Millionaire, or Billionaire in a subsidised council house or a be in a large privately owned property with very little income, so ability to pay is not all that recognised.

With Government Grants, since 2010 the tory Governments have not been fully funding LAs though the grants and have been subjecting them to austerity cuts, perhaps to at least deductions of 50 to 60 % of the grants being deducted before payment. The premise was that these cuts would be funded through LAs making savings, but in effect many of the assumptions from Government of savings being there was false and saving could only be achieved by making cuts to services. While in many instances Social Care was tried to be shielded from service cuts by LAs in effect cuts have had to be made as, in effect, social care has never been sufficiently funded. This has all been taking place while the need for social care has been increasing as with the advances in medical science means more persons with disabilities and more complex disabilities are in evidence and while the mortality for persons, especially with learning disabilities is found to be around 20 years younger than that the ‘normal’ researched mortality rate. So the need for social care is increasing year by year by around 5% while the funding is being substantially reduced, meaning many in need of care are not receiving as much as they need or none at all.

At the beginning of this message I started by comparing the NHS and social care in many ways, but effectively both the NHS and social c are are in need to each other and are forever to be linked in need, but due to ineffective Governments they are not in many ways joined together in systems and especially management, while there is much more day to day involvement in front-line day to day activities, even through the systems get in the way.

Much of this is around funding, need and availability for lack of health being looked after leads to more need of social care. While the meed of social care or the lack of it leads to health deteriorations.

Also when NHS patients are ready to be discharged from hospitals, they may not be ready to look after themselves and could need some social care immediately or some time thereafter to enable safe discharge. This, therefore slows the discharge process and does lead to the unfortunate comment of ‘bed-blocking‘. But, it is not just the South but UK wide.

This inability to discharge means that patients coming into A&E where inpatient admission is required is delayed until beds are available. In this, it also means that ambulances can’t delivery their persons from ambulances into A&E. which means ambulances are retained outside A&E for longer and longer. This then reduces the numbers of ambulances available to attend other emergency calls, so people waiting for ambulances have to wait much longer.

All this leads to more unnecessary suffering to persons in ill-health and at times results in early deaths.

Hospitals including A&E and ambulances have target times which they are subjected to and they are missing these targets through no fault of their own, but due to insufficient funding of both the NHS and Social Care which is at the door of the Government, especially the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for health and Social care, but is the blame placed on them, no it is placed on the respective organisations NHS Hospitals and A&E and the ambulance services.

It is essential that both the NHS and social care are always sufficiently funded and each and every Governments needs to listen, understand and they do what is required and not as they currently do just ignore the problem and hope it goes away, as it will not do until the funding is sorted.

Currently there are threats of strikes in the NHS and again the Government is not listening and even when there is eventually a settlement of the pay disputes, not all the eventual pay will b e funded by the Government and will have to come from funding already agreed, so therefore even less funding on patient care delivery. This is due to the fact that Hospitals have to delivery a fully balanced budget in January/February of each year, while the actual pay settlement is much later in the year. An allowance will have been made in the budget for pay settlements, but when there is rampant inflation as there is currently the pay settlement forecasts in the budgets will be far less than than it actually is.

Again, the system is not ‘fit for purpose’ so the Government should always fully fund any pay settlements.

Funding is a major crisis in social care but there are other problems

a major lack of persons willing to enter social care as a profession

the rate of pay is in no way near the amount it should be for the responsibilities care workers have to take on

Immigration policies are not allowing sufficient persons to enter the UK to come into social care employment

Work conditions of employment are in desperate need to revisions as there are many unsocial hours worked with no sufficient pay for doing so, much technical knowledge required to use the persons in need of care equipment, sufficient payments for travel time, no sick pay arrangement and much more.

I have been campaigning for many years together with other family carers, but hardly was anyone listening. however, I see that social care is now much more in the news and many others are taking onboard what is required, but still this Government is showing deaf ears, just as through they are the ‘3 wise monkeys‘, unfortunately this is very unfair on monkeys.

Many people can’t see the need for social care and feel the families should do more, even some in Governments have said so, but families have always provided care, but family members get older and with caring their health deteriorates too, so they only look for social care when they eventually realise that they themselves are unable to provide the degree of care required to look after their loved ones.

But as I have said social care and the NHS are so intertwined and rely on each other. One can’t exist without the other. With the state of social care being so dire, not only the degree of the NHS, but its very existence depends on a viable social care to be there, which if the Government does not act more sooner than later, than social care in any form will not exist and that will mean that the NHS will not be that far behind. So, even if you don’t use social care, you will be using the NHS, so it is in your interest that social care is to be saved and not just saved, but be in a far better state than it is at present, just so the NHS can survive.

So whether you need it or not it is in everyone’s interest for the required funding, at least is made available to social care and ideally all the other aspects be greatly improved.

Yes, social care is expensive as is the NHS and some people do have to pay for the full cost of their social c are and that is, currently, anyone with savings above £23000, but if you or your relative does need social care your savings will be quickly depleted and then the La will fund the social c are required, subject to a contribution from the person in need of care to their care package, which could be around £100 or more per week, but that could be reduced by applying Disability Related Expenses, (DREs).

Also, please note that social care is more than care homes for the elderly as social care is needed by children and adults in home care, Supported Living, Respite, hospices, etc

So lets us all get on to this Government and make them, eventually, fund LAs so social care can be fully funded to not only save social care but the NHS.

Why I think respite and support should be supported by social services.

I agree that the Government does need to grow up and not open their eyes, but their ears as well, for this Government and all preceding governments have tended to ignore social care as though there ia no real need for it, except for the elderly and even there they don’t show any real consideration.

Unfortunately, the Government and many of the UK population believe social care should be dealt with as America and Americans deal with health care, in that everyone should take out insurance to pay for social care as and when they need it, rather than have universal social care as we have with the NHS.

In reality the funding of social care should be no different to the funding of the NHS and that it should be free at the point of delivery. As why should some health conditions be treated as being under health and others as being under social care. That is direct discrimination with regards to health conditions.

A grave mistake was made in 1948 when the NHS was created as social care and the NHS should have been incorporated into one.

Another mistake was not ensuring there were guarrantees of funding, for even though the NHS is government funding, its funding is used as a ‘political football’ in that the amount of funding is dependant on the government of the day and not as an expressed need, so even the NHS is not fully sufficiently funded.

In effect, to some extent respite and support is supported by social services through local authorities, (LAs), but the government is not funding LAs sufficiently so that the LAs can fully support social care. This means there are many deficiencies within social care unless the person who needs care or their families have sufficient funds to do so, which is ‘self-funding‘. However, the state of social care is so dire in the UK that there is a great insufficiency of persons willing to work in social care and of them that do there is a minority who have no idea how to provide care correctly. The most important person in social care is the person in need of care and everything should cater to and for their needs, but not just needs, but their choices as well.
It is believed by many that anyone can provide care and maybe so, but not good quality care as that is a skill, as caring in social care is not an unskilled profession, but a very skilled profession and carers should have all the skills required.

It is not just cleaning and feeding someone, but a whole raft of skills including

empathy
respecting dignity and choice
skills in dispensing medication
Skills in providing special feeding, such as ‘peg-feeding’
listening skills
good understanding
guarranteed holiday and sick pay
and so many more

Having these skills is no way recognised in the paltry pay they receive, which should be as much as for NHS nurses, who also should be paid much more.

All, of this would encourage more persons to enter the profession and more should be done to encourage non-UK residents to come to the UK to join our social care workforce, so major changes need to be made to the UK immigration policies.

A government of the 21st century is required, not one of the 18th.

Todate there is no such government and from what I see not one to come from any party.

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The call I am making for disability respite care and residential courses for the support to become the norm in2023 because anybody could become disabled at any time. Anywhere from car accident to broken legs or brittle bones. As the population gets older they are more likely to become disabled. As a disabled person right now it means that we need to put in the infrastructure to make people not feel bad for having disability and you needing change because of the lack of support and respite. Disabled people who need someone to stay over with them on a residential course for example like me and many other young people in their 20’s in this day and age is going to double if not triple. I believe as there are more courses available there will be more disabled people wanting to do them. We as disabled people deserve to be…

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‘Barbaric’: Hundreds with learning disabilities kept locked up for years | ITV News

We all know that this practice is totally wrong, but little is being done to right these wrongs, especially by this Government and many, if not all previous Governments.

Adam Downs is not a criminal nor suffers with mental health issues, well didn’t when originally incarcerated. He has learning disabilities and autism which are conditions and not diseases, so there are no medical treatments to be administered and no way the conditions will be minimised or go completely, by being in Rampton and similar institutions his condition will worsen, and will have already done so, considerably, for it is love and attention in a very caring environment and not an institution metering out punishments, being given totally unsuitable and irrevelent meditcations to subdue his behaviours, which are a means of communications from Adam that he is total upset and not being listened to and no way are his family.

He is there because the ststem is totally ‘unfit for purpose’ as over many years, even from 1948 and well before sufficient funding, if any at all have been provided by each and every Government. I mention 1948 as that was a large shift in creating or starting to create the ‘welfare State’ and the creation of the NHS, in which Social Care should have been included as a major element of health care and not been left aside with no real funding. Even in 1970 when Social Care was officially brought into the jurisdiction of Local Authorities, but again without the necessary required funding.

Health and Social Care are so interelated and one so much depends on the other, for without the required social care peoples health deteriorates causing more needed access to NHS care and when discharge is contemplated, there is a great shortage of suitable social care into whom the perfsons can be discharged to, csusing persons to be retained in hospitals, thereby blocking others to be admitted to the NHS hospital system. Thus, causing ambulances to not being able to transfer their patients into A&E so queues of ambulances are created outside A&Es, thereby reducing the capacity for ambulances to respond to other 999 callouts, creating much more distress not only for the ambulance crews, but the people awaiting for ambulances to come to their aid, which makes their conditions and ailments worse and eventually causing many unnecessay deaths, which are blamed on the ambulance service and the NHS hospitals, when the total blame rests with the Governments and especially the health and social care Ministers and the Prime Ministers.

The required funding needs to be found, for it is when there are Government ‘pet’ projects and social care has been waiting for far too long.

But, while a very major issue, Finance, funding is not the only cause in the demise of social care for again Governments Policies are also to blame, Immigration, social housing, welfare benefits, etc.

More people are desperately needed in social care, but people who are able to care and respect the chocices of the persons they are caring for, but this requires a much increased hourerly rate, better working conditions and rights of employment.

Also, please note that Social care is much more than the elderly in care homes, for it includes both adults and children in areas of home care, supported living, respite, hospices, etc.

Local Authorities, urgently need to be sufficiently funded and not be subjected to even more austerity cuts as the recovery for social care as to be seen to urgently, or there will be no social care, which will then means there is no NHS to speak of.

Source: ‘Barbaric’: Hundreds with learning disabilities kept locked up for years | ITV News

DWP stopped horrified woman’s benefits because they thought she was dead – Liverpool Echo

Ann Smith, 65, said: “It was news to me”

 

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Perhaps, the DWP should stop thinking, as they appear to be far from good at it, and, at times, I am at a loss to understand what they are good at with the exception of making mistakes, allowing unfit assessments to be made by their assessors, not normally accepting that they make mistakes and appearing to be very uncaring.

They are there to, or should be, to help and support persons in the UK, who for numerous reasons need assistance either for the short or long-term. These are persons in desperate need of help and support and include some of the most vulnerable persons in the UK.

I do hope that persons at the DWP do all they can to provide the help and support claimants all they can, while having to rely on a DWP system which is far ‘not fit for purpose’. But, over the years this non-support and help is being lead from the top by Prime Ministers appointing Secretaries of State for the Department of Work and Pensions who are themselves ‘not fit for purpose’,Thérèse Coffey MP to name but one and now she is the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. When will these Prime Ministers ever learn? But until they do it is the population of the UK who are left to suffer, when many have and are still suffering for way too long.

I so do hope that Ann Smith is now receiving the benefits she so needs and so, hopefully all other claimants, but previous events could well mean this is not so.

When will Governments and Ministers ever learn, perhaps, Never, as to learn there has to be a willingness to learn, which is far from evident in with past Governments, will Sunaks be any better, we hope so, but past experience only shows that it may not be. This is a great worry for all in the UK, roll on 2024.

 

 

Source: DWP stopped horrified woman’s benefits because they th=ought she was dead – Liverpool Echo

‘Toxic Culture’ Of Abuse At Mental Health Hospital Revealed By BBC Secret Filming

This, has we know should never have occurred and after Winterbourne View, also filmed and shown by Panorama, you would have believed behaviours such as this would never occur again, But it has and as again as this Panorama dispatch shows.

Unfortuanately, this will not be the last for they will still be to be found. The only real way to stop these occurances is for everyone of these, so called hospital to be closed, immediately.

The patients in these hospitals should never be subjected to the treatments and actions shown in the programme and every member of staff doing and condoning these actions should be severley dealt with, by imprisonment and to never be allowed to be in a position of trust and care ever again.

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Humiliated, abused and isolated for weeks – patients were put at risk due to a “toxic culture” at one of the UK’s biggest mental health hospitals, BBC Panorama can reveal.

An undercover reporter at the Edenfield Centre filmed staff using restraint inappropriately and patients enduring long seclusions in small, bare rooms.

Staff swore at patients and were seen slapping or pinching them on occasion.

Hospital bosses said they have taken immediate action to protect patients.

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the medium secure unit, said it was taking the allegations “very seriously”.

A number of staff members have been suspended, and the trust said it was working with Greater Manchester Police, the independent healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission, and NHS England “to ensure the safety of these services”.

Greater Manchester Police said it has opened a criminal investigation.

The BBC’s undercover reporter, Alan Haslam, spent…

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Ofsted raises concerns over use of restraints on pupils in special needs school | Special educational needs | The Guardian

Restraints should always be a last resort, but feel in some areas they are the first and if used they should be used exceedingly to a minimum and ideally not at all. I believe, if restraints are used it is a sign of failure to understand the individual concerned, for behaviours is just another form of expression, when other forms have not been understood or simply ignored.

It appears, over the years, much distruptions have occurred within the schools management and who has overall management of the school. This would have a bearing on how the pupils feel about the school and especially the routines they have come to understand and accept.

With learning disabilities and, especially autism routine is paramount in the lives of the children concerned and teachers, support assistants and the schools management have to take this on board and ensure no chaanges in routines occur and if they do they are kept to the extreme minimum.

Yes, safety, expressly the child concerned and the fellow pupils and staff need to be considered and therefore extensive risk assessments need to have been done, both on a general basis and for each individual pupil.

All training is extremely important and should be done as a matter of urgency, with regular updates.

In all areas the pupils and their families should be an intergral part of the process as the team working is not restrricted to those employed in the school, for pupils and their families should also be equal members of the team and never, never ever discounted.

 

Source: Ofsted raises concerns over use of restraints on pupils in special needs school | Special educational needs | The Guardian

DWP Refuses To Help Claimants During Cost Of Living Crisis

So, nothing really new there as it appears bemnefit claimants are penalised by the DWP for daring to claim benefits, for surely the DWP should be there to benefit claimants rather than punish them.

They appear to easily go out of their way to hinder claimants, rather than help them.

This is a very sorry state of affairs and one that should be reversed without delay.

But, with the appontment of  Therese Coffey MP as the new Work & Pension Secretary, situations will get much worse, before there is any degree of them feeling better. Penalise claiments now and then again later as though to keep claimants short of funding, will make them to cease to exist, thereby reducing the overall costs of providing benefits, a complete reversal of what should be expected of a department setup to help, but is in effect an hinderence.

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The DWP has refused to follow any recommendations by the Commons work and pensions committee designed to help claimants through the cost of living crisis.

The simplest suggestions made by MPs was that the DWP pause making deductions from benefits where a claimant owes the department money, perhaps because of an overpayment or loan.

This would have cost the DWP very little, but made a dramatic difference to claimants struggling to make ends meet as prices rocket.  It is a measure that was introduced during the pandemic and one which would be very easy to reinstate.

The DWP’s bizarre excuse for not doing so is that it is not ‘in the claimant’s best interest’ because if debt recovery was reintroduced after next April’s benefits uprating claimants ‘may feel no better off as a result’.

In other words, it’s better to make claimants repay…

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Thérèse Coffey: who is the new health secretary and what’s her plan for fixing the NHS?| The BMA

England’s new health and social care secretary takes office at a time of greater crisis in the NHS than faced by her predecessors and with an overflowing in-tray, as Jacqui Wise reportsEngland’s fifth health and social care secretary in five years faces an unenviable task, with a record 6.84 million people on hospital waiting lists at the end of July1 and chronic staff shortages that stand at around 132 000 in NHS trusts and 165 000 in adult social care. On top of this, distressing stories of people waiting hours, or even days, for ambulances regularly hit the headlines. And it’s not even winter yet, with another covid wave, a bad flu season, and even doctors strikes all possible in the coming months.“The context for the new health secretary is grim,” Hugh Alderwick, director of policy at the Health Foundation, told The BMJ . “Health and care services in England are under extraordinary strain, and more people are struggling to get the care they need. The cost-of-living crisis will put even more pressure on people and public services over winter.

”Coffey, appointed by the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, to the dual role of health secretary and deputy prime minister, has become the third person to hold the health and social care post in as many months.

She takes over from Steve Barclay,2 who had only two months in the job.Coffey is said to have a tireless work ethic and claims that her attention to detail in her previous role as work and pensions secretary was why she had been rewarded with the demanding health job. Nadine Dorries, the former culture …

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So, the article states’

Hard worker or party animal?

Coffey, appointed by the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, to the dual role of health secretary and deputy prime minister, has become the third person to hold the health and social care post in as many months. She takes over from Steve Barclay,2 who had only two months in the job.

Coffey is said to have a tireless work ethic and claims that her attention to detail in her previous role as work and pensions secretary was why she had been rewarded with the demanding health job. Nadine Dorries, the former culture …’

Well, I wonder if she is either, for what I see from her previous position Work & Pensions Secretary, I can see very little hard work and can’t comment on Party Animal, what I will comment, is that she appears to have no emphaty or compssion for the persons to whom the department was working on behalf, as she dismissed them at every turn. So I do worry for the NHS under her hands and even more so for Social Care, who is appears is not worthy of a mention, not even by the BMA, who arraer to be solely concerned about health in other words the NHS, when Social care has a large bearing on the NHS. For without sufficient consideration to social care, the N HS is doomed to failure, perhas, this is her goal, for then, could this lead to more privitisation, when the NHS needs less than more.

Many of the problems within the NHS is exacerbated by the demise of social care, as it extends the degree of health issues, crfeates bedblocking at point of discharge, thus leading to A&Es not being able to take new patients from ambulances, thereby iincreasing waiting times for ambulances to be able to pickup new patients.

It is essential that this Government and also The BMA underrstand and recognise the significance of social care to the NHS and even more so to persons in need of Social care for social care, which has been the forgotten health service for far too long. Perhaps since the needs of social care were apparent, for, as for as I can see social care has been ignored by every Government there has been and still is. Funding is, in sufficient quantities is required, like yesterday, perhaps even more so than the NHS, but with Coffey I am so desponent that nothing will be achieved.

So, I feel bye to social care and those in need, perhaps this is the design of this Government.

Source: Thérèse Coffey: who is the new health secretary and what’s her plan for fixing the NHS? | The BMJ