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Restoring order

Important lessons should be learned from a turbulent twelve months in the care sector, urges Martin Green

1 February 2012

2011 was a difficult year for the care sector. We saw the demise of Southern Cross, the country’s largest residential care group, and hardly a week seemed to go by without some issue around care hitting the headlines. These were difficult times for social care, but at least we had finally got ourselves much higher up the political and public agenda.

Column inches

There are several issues which are currently occupying a lot of column inches, and stimulating a lot of debate both within the sector, and the political class.

The Dilnot Commission report on the future of social care funding has given us all a clear framework within which to discuss how we are going to fund care in the 21st century. Andrew Dilnot has managed to deliver a report, which has got a fairly broad base of support, both within the sector and also within the political elit...

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