Category archive: Viewpoint

Crisis What Crisis?

That is the official position of our Government regarding the NHS.

Last year we had report after report from just about every part of our industry including CQC, the industry watch dog and the Kings Fund stating the care system is in crisis and is on the point of collapse. On the 9th. January 2017 the government stated quite clearly that any problem with the social care Industry is due to Councils not managing it properly!

Well I have said for some time that the Care Industry has turned into a culture of blame, normally targeting care staff who are unable to defend themselves or are not even told who has complained or what the complaint is, but to be ostracised in front of the good and great of Social Services. Now the Councils who pull the chains of Social…

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The August Bank Holiday is now behind us and that marks the end to the long summer holidays and the last minute back to school shopping.. The summer bbq’s are being removed from the stores to make way for – dare I say it – the Christmas Range! Autumn is just around the corner. It’s…

Chairman’s Annual Report 25th May 2016 I have now been the Chair of SECHA for a year and now is a good time to look back and also to look forward to the next year. We first of all looked at where SECHA was going and how it did business. We looked at its values,…

Over the past few months SECHA along with other care organisations have been expressing concern about the state of our Social Care. Last month SECHA likened it to a band wagon rolling on, albeit with wobbly wheels. However wheels, in order to continue to revolve and therefore perform their function, need to be serviced regularly…

Are the Wheels coming off the Social Care Wagon? I seem to be singing the old song “4 wheels on my Wagon” Two weeks into the New Year and SECHA heard the sad news that one of our members had decided to close, as it was no longer financially viable. Yes it was a small…

Christmas is now a distant memory, and even the New Year seems a distant memory as we all struggle back to work after hopefully a pleasant and relaxing rest. Time now to focus on what may be in store for us this year. Of course some of it we know about; Increase in staff wages….

SECHA MEMBER MAKES LIFE LONG DREAM COME TRUE FOR 85 YEAR OLD RESIDENT. So often we hear bad news about care homes. Abuse is normally the headlines. But so often there are good stories. Many residents come to live in a care home and have a great experiences. You don’t hear about the stories where…

As if we needed any more articles supporting the view that SECHA holds about expressing its concern for the future off Social Care funding. This article from the Daily Mail talks about families having to pay top ups rather than accepting the cheapest home the council offers them! And now this is being seen as…

The Local Government Association are calling on the government to ensure that the uplift in the National Living Wage is reflected in the November Spending Review. They point out that funding the National Living Wage will make a significant hole in their budgets should more money not be forthcoming. They also point out the additional…

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