Green paper: “hope for the best, plan for the worst”

The green paper on adult social care is a case of hope for the best and plan for the worse, Prof Paul Burstow, chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence told the National Association of Care Caterers national training forum.

He said: “I like to think it will deal with auto-enrolment into an insurance scheme for social care  and will bring in changes to commissioning, but it could be a case of Bandaid and bandwidth – a plaster stuck onto the problem.” It’s also a missed opportunity that the NHS plan is funded while the green paper is not, he said. “Social care is an issue that gets weaponized. It’s a third rail issue – touch it and you die.”


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