No more ulterior motives
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Every now and again, the multifarious organisations which represent some part of the broad church of care providers make a joint statement via the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) when they find an issue on which they can all agree.
The CPA is a bit like a microcosmic version of the League of Nations which, at the outbreak of World War Two, found itself debating the standardisation of railway crossings. So now, as major homecare providers go to the wall, as government dithers on social care funding reform and fails to rein-in the increasingly imperial ambitions of the regulator, the CPA has published guidance “to support strategic engagement between local authorities, the NHS and the independent and voluntary adult social care sector”.
The CPA has identified seven principles (seven shining virtues as against the seven deadly sins) which providers should adhere to in their dealings with public sector bodies. This hortatory heptad reads very much like a statement of the blindingly obvious – “provider representatives should be truthful”, “they must declare any interests and relationships”, “they must put forward views fairly and on merit” – I ask you.
But perhaps I am being a little unfair; given the deep-seated mistrust of the private sector which many public bodies bring to the discussion table, providers must have been scratching their heads about how to make them listen, and positive engagement between the sectors would go a long way to addressing some of the systemic difficulties which plague the social care space.
But it’s a sad indictment of some operators that their representative bodies feel the need to urge them to toe the ethical line.
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