care homes

Kiran Stacey

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

Jim Pickard

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