Yesterday I announced that our Xmas guest on the Disruptive Social Care podcast is the Right Hon Paul Burstow. Paul is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. He was appointed as Minister of State for Health (Care Services) in May 2010 and lost this position in the Cabinet reshuffle of September 2012. Paul is Chair of the Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill.
I invited questions on Twitter and thanks to everyone who has already responded. I should add that this is a 25 minute interview and we will be selecting some of the questions posted below.
“Why does this government not discuss carer issues with carers or smaller carer groups and insist on only connecting with the two main carer charities? There are many carers willing to go forward and speak, like they have in the Scottish Parliament.” www.chill4us.com
“Ministers all praise the hard work and dedication of the more that 1.5 million staff and acknowledged the importance for the quality of care and support of having a skilled and properly rewarded workforce. There has been on-going reluctance of the Governments in England to back words with action and to recognise and properly support the staff in the social care sector.
Registration for all types of social care staff is now being introduced in other parts of the UK and the rewards are beginning to emerge as people take on responsibility for their own competence. In England there appears to be no prospect of registration despite legislation being passed in 2000, the general public will be shocked to understand that such staff are not required to be properly professionally registered.” Richard Banks
We are inviting people to submit questions for Paul by the 13th December 2012. Whilst we may not be able to cover all of the questions asked in the interview we will be summarising the key themes which arise. You can tweet your questions to @shirleyayres using the hashtag #deukcare or email: email@example.com
And you can catch up with our previous guests on the Disruptive Social Care podcasts here!