Yes, you read correctly.
How could such a sum be justified?
Obviously, because it needn’t be.
And, where, in that sum, is the incentive for effective treatment?
Payment, of such sums makes a nonsense of cost cutting, austerity, and reduction of our deficit.
Another Mum, excitedly decorating her autistic son’s bedroom, his care package, months in the making, having finally, allowed him home, for his 18th birthday, and Christmas, and, forever ?
Smashed to pieces, in yet another faceless meeting, when ‘they’ decided, her son, needed an adult hospital, and, not the love, and care of his family.
No doubt, the effect of this news, will justify, even more medication in his £4,500 per week, tax free, hospital placement.
Whilst, he tries to cling, to the memory of the love, peace, and security of the home life, he was ripped from.
On his refusal to be ‘assessed’, two…….. long years ago.
Autism, cannot be ‘assessed’, or ‘treated’.
It can only be lived with.
With the care, and love, only parents, can give.
Many, many, more such Mums, Dads, and, autistic adults, are out there.
Bullied, powerless, destroyed by the state, to make extortionate private profit, from public funds.
If there were a word for it, obscene.
The state have created, and, found, the perfect market, their children’s future.
There are no day schools, yet education is funded to 25.
No day centres, respite facilities.
They have been closed.
On the audacity of LA budget cuts, which allow, the same LA, or NHS, to commission £4,500/12,500 per week placements.
Venture capitalist investors, are advised, to move their money out of domiciliary care, as the future is not with the family.
The only Adult Service, is institutional state provision, whatever, laudable name it’s given.
‘Service provider centred’, ‘people centred’, but the ‘centred’, have no rights or choice.
The adult ‘learning disabled’ residential sector, has now out grown the old, and Alzheimer one.
A Care Quality Commission’s role, is now to market watch.
The Local Authorities, most likely, via secret societies, like Common Purpose UK, control the commissions.
Many providers, are subsidiaries of Companies, registered outside the UK, so there is scant financial transparency.
These faceless conglomerates, owe no duty to their vulnerable, voiceless consumers.
Only, to use them, to make as much profit as possible.
Their customers have no choice or contract.
The provision, for our most vulnerable, in need of the most ‘people centred’ care is uncompetitive, unregulated, and, in secret.
Ever greedy, accounting machinations, can close these vulnerable people’s homes, and, end their workers’ jobs, overnight.
Neither, the Local Authority Commissioners, nor the Care Quality Commission, nor NHS England, have any effective control over the services, they commission.
And, there is, a conflict of interest, between their safeguarding, and commissioning remits, as if their commissioned services, are inadequate they are liable.
That is, if there were, any effective legal accountability, or, indeed, sanction.
And sharks, can, and are, making a killing, out of our most vulnerable, as the Southern Cross Healthcare debacle, illustrated.
Yet courts, local authorities, and, health trusts, continue to cost cut and spend billions of our money, not fulfilling, their statutory duties.
And, we continue to let them.