With apologies to anyone overseas who can't access this, I wonder if any of you in UK watched the documentary this week 'Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls'.
I was in two minds to be honest, but felt I should watch this. I do sometimes have a bit of an issue with ex-politicians/TV celebrities who dabble in social problems for the entertainment of the public and a hefty pay off. But I do see Ed Balls as an empathetic sort of chap so I guessed it wouldn't be too blood boiling!
And it wasn't. Ed undertook to go into a Care Home and to assist the staff in a little of the daily care of its residents and to be fair he did get stuck in as far as he was able. It also helped that he explained his mum's own journey through vascular dementia and it was truly touching to see him and his sister visit mum in her Care Home, for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
I was not so impressed with his (I suppose) necessary addressing of the fact that his political administration hadn't done anything much to improve the desperate situation that's existed in Care for too many years, but then, neither has any succeeded thus far. And I'm not convinced about current plans either, as yet.
Ed quite rightly flagged up the poor conditions, meagre pay and lack of progression in Care. Several good staff rightly expressed their dissatisfaction with the way they are viewed by the public and the fact that pay is too low and there's no career structure so that they seldom stay and are treated as 'just another body'.
All in all the documentary was very watchable. It's still available on BBC catch up if you haven't seen it and would like to.
And next week Ed's going to be addressing Caring at home and I'm certainly going to try to catch up with that.
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