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Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Boris Johnson faced a massive backlash this evening after devoting just nine words to social care in the Queen’s Speech.

Yes, he does and it is about time.

But, so it is for the media, for at long last the Media writes about social care and its chronic under-funding, as Social Care has never been sufficiently funded.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, please also do so.

For more information, please see, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgoEy6ROxeV0abd2mT?e=IeXIaf

Social Care needs your support, so please do so.

Source: Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Social Care Leaders Warn Of Funding ‘Cliff Edge’

This is exactly what I have been saying for well over a year, even before COVID-19. Now others have catch up with the sense of crisis in all aspects of Social Care, be it for the elderly, adults and even children.

I therefore support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Please sign and share so even more can be put before this Government.

As well as the petition, here is more which I have been saying when promoting the petition.

‘The issues raised in the petition were mentioned on Boxing Day in a Sky News report, Social Care – The Other Health Crisis., https://news.sky.com/video/social-care-the-other-health-crisis-12172633, regarding an investigation they have done into the crisis in social care.

They highlighted many of these issues and called on the Government to abide by the promise made by Boris Johnson in 2019 in his election winning speech outside 10 Downing Street, one promise that is still outstanding.

Other perspectives were mentioned in the Community Care article, ADASS urges emergency workforce plan as NHS pressures and staff gaps risk ‘overwhelming social care’,

https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2021/01/08/adass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care/?utm_content=News%20of%20the%20day%20image&utm_campaign=CC%20daily%2011%2F01%2F2021&utm_source=Community%20Care&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.communitycare.co.uk%2F2021%2F01%2F08%2Fadass-urges-emergency-workforce-plan-nhs-pressures-staff-gaps-risk-overwhelming-social-care%2F

So, please sign the petition to add your voice.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Same Difference

Leading care organisations in England are warning of a “cliff edge” when emergency funding to support infection control and visits during the pandemic runs out in two weeks.

Some providers fear the financial pressure could force them to close.

They say the budget was a missed chance to tackle the short- and long-term funding crisis in adult social care.

In 2019, on his first day as prime minister, Boris Johnson committed to ‘fix the crisis in social care‘.

Ministers say they will bring forward proposals this year.

The emergency funds are to help care homes and home care services with additional Covid costs, including infection control, visiting measures and extra staffing.

Testing costs

The Victory Care home in Chatham, Kent, which normally cares for 60 people, has used some of its emergency money on staff to organise visits and testing.

“Everything from extra newsletters, Zoom calls, the telephone…

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Collapse of social care could force more elderly people out of their own homes | The Independent

I have been saying for sometime that this Government has to ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’, which is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

For far too long Social Care has been kept short of funding, well before the austerity cuts, which only made the funding gap much worse and then came COVID-19, making the gap even greater. The |Government have made some contribution to the COVID costs but not all costs.

Many Governments have made promises to solve the Social Care crisis, even Boris Johnson in his speech outside 10 Downing Street after his victory in the 2019 General Election.

This lack of funding is not only affecting the elderly, but also many other vulnerable people both children and adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism.

Please show your support by signing and then sharing the petition, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

 

Source: Collapse of social care could force more elderly people out of their own homes | The Independent

Calls for the Budget to help care sector 

Unfortunately, the plight of Social Care is falling on deaf ears within this Government, in fact, do they really care about Social Care, from their inactions it would appear that they do not care.

Again, the Budget has come and gone without any mention or actions for Social Care.

So, support for the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, is very much required, so please do support the petition, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Source: Calls for the Budget to help care sector | #site_titleCalls for the Budget to help care sector

Flintshire County Council’s Decision On Care Home Fees- A kick in the teeth! 

This is disgraceful and furthers the continuation of low pay in the Social Care sector, which has been low for far too long and in no way recognises the skills of care workers.

For to be a good care worker you do have to have skills for in care it is not just about feeding and providing forms of Personal Care, such as, toileting, washing, etc., as there are many other skills needed.

Such as, emotional support, providing care as each individual person wishes, (Person-centred Care),.

Unfortunately Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, which as led to many aspects of poor quality care being provided, as the times allowed to perform the various tasks have never been sufficient.

While sufficient funding is a major consideration, it is not the only one, for the whole aspect of social care needs to be looked at, so that it is based on person-centred care and not systems.

For a person should not have to fit a system, but the system be flexible enough to fit the person. As what is right for one person, will, most likely, not be for the next.

The whole model of social care needs to be drastically reorganised, but with the attitude of Councils, such as, Flintshire Council, this will be difficult to achieve, but a way to achieve has to be found, for then and only then, will the quality of all social care being improved.

Also the checking processes of both the Care Quality Commission, (CQC) and Local Authorities have also to be improved, so that there is more checking on actual care delivery, rather than currently, record keeping. For while record keeping is important, anything can be recorded and who guarantees this is an accurate record, especially with regards to actual care delivery.

People have a right to receive, at least, good quality care, whether they have capacity to understand what is happening to them or not.

But one of the first areas is for the Government and Local Authorities to taken on board the aspect of sufficient funding to ensure good quality care is being provided.

This is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

 

Source: Flintshire County Council’s Decision On Care Home Fees- A kick in the teeth! | #site_titleFlintshire County Council’s Decision On Care Home Fees- A kick in the teeth!

Care review head defends appointment against claims of unsuitability

While I do welcome this review process, I do value and respect the concerns of others, as to what effect the views from ‘Experts by Experience’ will be taken into account. Especially, as historically they have not been.

Another main concern, is why has it taken this long, for these are actions which should have been taken years ago

Again another concern, is what is happening to Adults, for this appears to be only in respect of children and Adult Social Care is of the same extent of concern as is Children’s Social Care.

For all of Social Care is in crisis and has been for many years.

The lack of funding, while being a major concern, is, but one of many and all have to be solved to save social care.

Although, funding is a very major concern and has been for years, as Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, but 10 years of austerity cuts from Conservative Governments and then COVID has exasperated the funding problem.

The continuance of a recognised social care system may not have long and any reviews have to be implemented urgently, but not rushed, as the reviews have, for once and for all, to solve all the crisis’s in social care, so that those in need of social care can receive it both in good quality and also quantity.

As well as the reviews, it may be that support for the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, should be a major consideration.

So, please view the petition, link being, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Everything needs to be done for this Government to take the urgently required appropriate action.

 

Source: Care review head defends appointment against claims of unsuitability

Covid vaccinations may need to be administered ‘every 6 months’ – what Matt Hancock said | The Star

To have to have the COVID-19 vaccine at least every year or even every 6 months does not surprise me, but how can this be achieved when it appears it could be taking much more than 6 months to accomplish the first set of injections.

This will be a logistical nightmare and could the health service be able to do this, with a yearly Flu vaccination programme and still be able to run a health service for everything else.

This will require substantial more funding for health and the idea of looking for efficiencies so funding can be restricted is a complete non-starter.

In addition the full amount of additional funding has to be found for social care, for the continued viability of a continuance of social care.

For the unsubstantial funding which available, currently, for social care  is nowhere near enough to ensure the sustainability of social care.

When social care eventually fails completely, which it will do without this Government being held to their promise to attend to the funding and other problems in Social Care, then the burden will come onto health care, which, currently, it can’t sustain.

Therefore, this will mean that everyone in need of social care will be left without the required care, thereby safeguarding concerns will rocket.

This means your support for the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,  https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, is more needed than ever before.

 

Source: Covid vaccinations may need to be administered ‘every 6 months’ – what Matt Hancock said | The Star

Thousands of vulnerable people held unlawfully in care homes – report | Dementia | The Guardian

So, another problem relating to social care,  but is it another problem for it is relating to an existing problem and that is the insufficiencies in Social Care.

For in Social Care there is a capacity problem, in that there are insufficient care workers to provide care to all the persons in need of care in the location they wish to be in.

Many of these persons placed in care homes would wish to stay in their own homes, but to do that more care workers would be required in home care.

Also many of these persons in need of care will need 24/7 care, but there are insufficient care worker to provide the minimum care of, say, visits of 15 minutes to 1 hour. Then there is the question of good quality care, which is far from consistent.

But the lack of care workers is but one of the problems, the main being insufficient funding to provide all the care which is needed.

However, if there was a miracle and a Government came that was prepared to fund social care sufficiently, it would not be able to do so.

This being because when Social Workers do Assessments of Need they tend to only record needs which they feel their Local Authorities (LAs) will fund.

Unfortunately Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, due to this current and previous Governments not willing to fund social care sufficiently. With the 10 years of austerity cuts and now the additional costs relating to COVID-19, this insufficiency is even more serious, which could lead to social care fail for everyone.

When this occurs, even more pressured will be placed on health care, which is already under great pressures.

Yes, this current Government has provided some funding to cover some of the costs relating to COVID-19 costs, but nowhere to the extent required.

An immediate amount of £12 billion needs to be provided, but this will only return the funding to 2010 levels, which has previously been stated was insufficient.

As  this should be monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and(LAs), but again there is an insufficiency of funding for this to be done fully.

So, Social Care is in a very serious crisis, which led me to create the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Some of the issues raised in the petition were mentioned on Boxing day in a Sky News report, Social Care – The Other Health Crisis, https://news.sky.com/video/social-care-the-other-health-crisis-12172633, regarding an investigation they have done into the crisis in social care.

They highlighted many of these issues and called on the Government to abide by the promise made by Boris Johnson in 2019 in his election winning speech outside 10 Downing Street, one promise that is still outstanding.

Unfortunately Social Care is not well thought of by many persons not in need of Social Care, that is until they do need it. Much of this is down to the Media in how they report on care and the attitudes of Governments, both now and previously and this is also reflected in how benefit claimants are treated.

This all has to change and change now.

Supporting the petition could be a start.

Source: Thousands of vulnerable people held unlawfully in care homes – report | Dementia | The Guardian

The new dawn of disability activism – where it started, where it’s going

Like Katherine, I too am looking forward to 2021, for surely it could not be worse than 2020.

But, also like Katherine, much more needs to be done for persons with learning disabilities and/or autism.

While the Discrimination acts of 1995 and 2005 and then the Equality Act 2010, there is still much discrimination to persons with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Hopefully, much of this could be down to ignorance, but ignorance should not be an excuse, as there are many areas to look at to solve the issue of ignorance.

Much of this is with vaccines, topical at the moment, firstly with regards to flu.

For anyone with a learning disability (LD) is eligible for the flu vaccine, but I find that there are still some GP practices that are unaware of this, if you find this, please report them to your local CCG, (Clinical Commissioning Group).

Also, where adults with LD have an aversion to needles they are entitled to the nasal spray, which is usually given to children under 12. Granted for adults it may not be as effective as the vaccine, but it is better than nothing.

However, for some unknown reason, people with LD have not been made fully eligible for the COVID-19, which needs to be remedied, urgently.

Another, oversight is the adults with LD who have an aversion to needles, for in my own research there is nothing, currently available for them and maybe no research is being conducted on this, another situation which needs to be urgently attended to.

But there are still many other areas where there is still discrimination, some being employment, access to buildings and transport, disabled toilets including Changing Places toilets, the latter being few and far between and even fewer available for 7 full days.

These are just some of the issues but there are many others and this is an expanding problem, for, on a daily basis more and more persons are being born with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Please those in authority do not ignore persons with LD and/or autism for we are soon to be 21 years into the 21st century not the 19th.

Katharine Quarmby

2020 was grim, right? I hate to say this, but I’m looking forward to the year turning, and that 2021 brings us vaccination (everywhere) and fewer deaths and serious illnesses because of Covid-19.

One of the main communities affected particularly harshly by Covid, in terms of excess deaths, has been disabled people. This year marks the 25th anniversary since the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act, and there’s been a lot of assessment of how much has been won and lost. My publishers, Granta, re-issued a chapter of my book, Scapegoat, which looks at the rise of the movement and you can read it here, free of charge, at Granta Magazine. You can also buy the book on the same link.

I hope that this coming year we’ll see more disability activism, as journalists and activists assess progress so far.

I’m going to be doing more journalism this year…

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