OK the title here is a cheat as the focus is social care not health. That said given the overlap and appeals for health and social care 'integration' this basically makes the terms synonymous - at least in this context.
The debate about the merits between public and private care provision in the residential and nursing home sector is a constant dialogue. At the moment it is once again a cacophony. It will die down. It will be back. I've never worked for the private sector and of course as with the events of the past week in Bristol both public and private sector have their horror stories to tell.
The debate is supposed to be about quality, but the noise of the dialogue and terrible events disrupts and distracts us from the real issues of training, motivation, personal ethics, values, human resources, pay, care environments and yes - quality of care.
We live in evidence based times and yet the weight of evidence seems to lie in the interpersonal and science care domains, not necessarily in that order.
There is evidence in the social care domain and the political care domain:
There is a test though - call it ultimate viability. This is what must support those real issues.
This test is the same one that allows us to say how disgusted we remain with the financial institutions that adorn our lives. Whether in the form of a necklace ("on credit"), or a ball and chain ("already in debt") there is a tab to pick up.
If the private sector is failing in some quarter, or in jeopardy who do you call? The government will be on stand by. As with the banks, health and social care are also grounded in the social and political care domains (you could call that the public bottom line).
Reliance on private equity might prove the basis of corporate undoing in the residential and nursing care sector. There must be evidence of economic - financial care management standards that can provide assurance? Surely care of older adults, care of the vulnerable is mission critical? Then those other vital care issues can be addressed (and urgently!):
|investment, human resources,|
pay, finance, economics,
People talk about there being a bigger picture.