Daily Archives: June 3, 2011

On Monday, BBC’s Panorama exposed horrific abuse at the Winterbourne View care home in Bristol from care worker to residents. On Wednesday, health minister Paul Burstow announced:”I have already ordered a thorough examination of the roles of both CQC [the care homes regulator] and the local authorities in this case. I am determined to strengthen the system of safeguarding to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.” Read more

Quango is a much-maligned word. The perception of these arms-length bodies, operating with taxpayers money but beyond direct Whitehall control, is one of waste and inefficiency.

Attempts to slash this expenditure have been made before; often they have foundered.

Organisations which seem frivolous or unnecessary are sometimes just that – but sometimes they are not. Read more