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The beleaguered UK care industry is in desperate need of relief, but will the government give a warm welcome to proposals for reform? Natalie Boorer reports

8 August 2011

Castlebeck Care and Southern Cross – just two of the care companies that have hit the headlines in 2011. Horrific abuse was uncovered at one of Castlebeck’s homes for vulnerable adults, and Southern Cross, Britain’s largest care homes operator, went into administration, leaving its 31,000 residents uncertain about their futures. While the facts differ, the issues beg a similar question: how much do we really care about how the vulnerable in our society are treated?

If one used the level of state investment as a reflection of how much we do care, then an outsider would have to say that we didn’t care much at all. The social care sector is massively under-resourced and is reaching financial breaking point. So how did we end up at this critical juncture?

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