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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I see that Nanny's chums from Barnsley council have managed to cover themselves in "glory" wrt their attempts to consult with advanced dementia sufferers over the cost of their care.

For reasons that only a council drone could possibly understand, the council sent those with advanced dementia a complex and lengthy questionnaire (marked for the dementia sufferer only) that required a series of tick boxes to be completed in order to ascertain their views on plans to increase the cost of care.

Unsurprisingly, the Alzheimer's Society has described this "consultation" as "farcical". How on earth can people who need help with the most basic of tasks be expected to respond to a detailed questionnaire in any meaningful manner?

In one respect this story highlights the issue that David Cameron is "probably" trying to address with his (dare I say?) somewhat ill thought through "Big Society". Namely that the state is not necessarily the best option (either in terms of cost or ability) for judging/providing what people need/want at a local/individual level.

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  1. I suspect a council employee, who likes to be called an officer, that has never had any contact with someone suffering from dementia came up with this crazy idea. I suspect the "officer" was straight out of one of the new universities armed with a useless degree and presented this idea to a senior "officer" who found it attractive because it had tick boxes.
    I thought this sceme may have been enough to earn a prat of the week award but, perhaps you have an even dafter hi-viz clad idiot in mind this week.

  2. Anonymous11:50 AM

    Questionnaire + dementia sufferer = no result and council are surprised. Words fail me.

  3. "Perhaps you have an even dafter hi-viz clad idiot in mind this week."

    That would REALLY be a challenge!!

    Why not scrap Big Society, and just give us Small Government?

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  5. Lord of Atlantis3:30 PM

    No doubt there is a warning on the form that "failure to disclose any relevant information will result in prosecution", or words to that effect. I would be interested to know how this could be enforced for people with dementia, and what attitude the court took towards the council idiots who brought the case!
    Tonk: I agree with you totally, but if there is a dafter idea than this one, it must be really stupid!