Failure of Residential Care – a Solution?
Like everyone I was horrified to watch Panorama’s undercover exposure of Castlebeck’s Winterbourne View care home. Jim Mansell [Care: a failure on every level – Guardian 2nd June 2011] points out how NHS-run facilities have consistently performed better than larger, fuller, poorer staffed privately-run facilities.
Fortunately both this Government and their predecessors support a solution that can help address these problems – patient choice and market mechanisms. Patients (and in this case their carers) should be able to exercise choice by asking their PCTs to be referred to the best units. If these are NHS-run units then the market mechanisms can work their magic and the poorer homes will wither and die.