Care Minister says neither green paper nor the Government will solve social care challenges

The Care Minister, Caroline Dineage, has spoken out to say neither the green paper nor the Government will solve all of the challenges in adult social care alone. Caroline’s view is that only a “cross-party consensus” can deliver care reforms.

The Minister said care homes could do more to spread the use of technology like care robots to ease the burden on care workers. Caroline said the BBC documentary on the Panorama revelations of abuse by care workers at Whorlton Hall was a  “stark reminder that it is essential we prevent abuse from happening in the first place, whether through a robust inspection process, effective enforcement action against poor quality services or better collaboration between all involved in managing health and care services.”

On the topical matter of CCTC, Caroline said:

“CCTV can have a role to play in preventing abuse and protecting residents, but we mustn’t forget these are people’s homes and ensuring residents’ privacy, consent and dignity are upheld is critical.

“CQC has published clear information for providers and families to explain these important issues that must be taken into account if anyone is considering or already using open or hidden surveillance”