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Paul Burstow is serious about supporting carers

It was about primary 4 when I got the letter. I’m sure it even had her scent on it. It was smuggled to me in between

Paul Burstow, Carers Minister

practicing our times tables but I don’t think I could have added 2 plus 2 after I received it. What a feeling!

It obviously wasn’t the greatest love letter in history, but then again the Department of Health are not known for their letters of love. But I have recently fallen in love with one letter from them.

It was sent to each Strategic Health Authority (SHA) which monitor the performance of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). It asks SHAs to confirm with the Government by 2nd September that each PCT has published local plans regarding services to support carers. Missing this date would be understood only in exceptional circumstances.

Furthermore, SHAs must make sure that PCTs (apologies for the acronyms!) have taken into account the Government’s updated Carers’ Strategy which provided an additional £400m for carers in PCT budgets. Sometimes, you wonder what takes Government so long to act but in this case the Health Minister Paul Burstow MP must be applauded for taking immediate action.

On 12th July Rob Wilson MP asked him about his local PCT not engaging with his local Carers’ Centre to develop plans for carers as they were meant to. On 14th July, we published our report which showed that only 9% of PCTs had so far published updated plans and 37% were not planning to.

Paul Burstow and civil servants must have immediately discussed what they could do to improve the situation and drafted the letter that was sent out 27th July. Supporting carers is an issue that Paul Burstow is serious about and this episode shows his determination to improve support for carers.

We have already heard of instances where PCTs are responding and are now engaging with carers’ organisations to develop plans and budgets. I’m glad, because the clock is counting.

To make sure the PCT acts in your area, we’ve set out 5 easy steps to persuade your PCT. Carers are getting breaks in Richmond, Sunderland, Surrey and other places – let’s make sure carers all over the country get them.

Take action

Gordon

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August 3, 2011 - Posted by | breaks for carers, Carers Strategy, Health, Social Care | , ,

12 Comments »

  1. Paul Burstow is like all the other MPs when it comes to Carers, they speak big but in the end Carers are left with Jack S###

    Comment by victimsofatoscorruption | August 3, 2011 | Reply

  2. Well i am flabbergasted the minister is “concerned about CARERS”. For 25 years i have had the pleasure of living with the aftermath and consequences of various ministers who say they care about CARERS but in fact and reality are only paying lip service to the desperate situation many CARERS find themselves in ,often as a result of government policies BADLY PLANNED – POORLY ANNOUNCED – and DISASTROUSLY DELIVERED.
    AND I MEAN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES

    If you Mr Conochie and the minister Mr Burstow really want to do something for the DESPERATE PLIGHT OF CARERS then give the CARERS ALLOWANCE WITHOUT LINKING TO ANY OTHER BENEFIT TO CARERS – IN SO DOING YOU WILL GIVE CARERS DIGNITY – HOPE – COURAGE TO FACE THE PROBLEMS THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH.

    If you and the minister cannot do this then please

    STOP TELLING US FAIRY TALES ABOUT SOME FUTURE UTOPIA WHERE THE GOVERNMENT AND YOU WILL REALLY DO SOMETHING TO ALTER THE OFTEN DESPERATE AND TOTALLY IGNORED PLIGHT OF CARERS

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | August 4, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Taras
      The Department of Work and Pensions has control over Carer’s Allowance and Paul Burstow MP is a Minister in the Department of Health, so Mr Burstow doesn’t have control over what happens with Carer’s Allowance. Iain Duncan Smith MP is the lead Minister in the Department of Work and Pensions so has overall control and Maria Miller MP is the Minister underneath him who has specific responsibility for Carer’s Allowance.

      To improve Carer’s Allowance, it’s not Paul Burstow we need to convince it is Mr Duncan Smith and then more importantly George Osborne MP who has the final say over increases in spending.
      Gordon

      Comment by Gordon Conochie | August 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. The problem I have with this is that the PCT’s are being encouraged to work with Carers Centre’s which are important lifelines to many carers without a doubt, however it means that PCT’s are considering giving all or most of their allocation to carers centres for short breaks but what about the other organisations that support carers and could offer short breaks also but because all money is going to the main carers orgs i.e. Princess Royal Trust Carers Centres and Crossroads (both which do a marvellous job) there are many other carers orgs within each locality missing out.

    Comment by Pat Bolton | August 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Pat
      The Government hasn’t directed PCTs to work with Carers’ Centres but has advised them to work with “carers’ organisations” so it is not just Carers’ Centres and Crossroads Care schemes that PCTs are working with. Those PCTs that are working with charities supporting carers also appear to be speaking to charities such as Age UK, Mencap, MS Society etc.

      The second thing is that there are other groups who may receive money who have not been involved in discussions but PCTs believe they should be funded for the work they do with carers.
      Gordon

      Comment by Gordon Conochie | August 9, 2011 | Reply

  4. We have heard all this many, many times before! Actions speak louder than words!

    Comment by Kirsteen A Heneghan | August 8, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi Kirsteen
    I think this is a case of Paul Burstow taking action and I think it will have an impact. I already know of one PCT deputy Chief Executive who after the letter was sent contacted the local Carers’ Centre to organise a meeting with carers and other groups to discuss how to use the money. Previously, the Carers’ Centre had tried and failed to get a meeting with the PCT to discuss this.

    The letter won’t have the same effect everywhere but I think it will have an impact in some areas.
    Gordon

    Comment by Gordon Conochie | August 9, 2011 | Reply

  6. Contacted all the ministers involved including the PM – yes the prime minister – and the PCT still dond know if theyve got the money their supposed to and have any plans to use it. Get a life,its all platitudes,and basically we carers will never hear how the PCTs are going to suddenly start spending on carers – they dont know how to start and they money goes in the pot and gets spent on heart units etc

    Comment by IVOR ALLISON | August 11, 2011 | Reply

  7. This all only applies to England anyway does it not?

    Eun

    Comment by Eun | August 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Hiya
      Yes, this is only relevant to England with health and social care devolved to the other nations for their own policies.
      Gordon

      Comment by Gordon Conochie | August 18, 2011 | Reply

  8. FILL IN MY E PETITION

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20542

    Comment by IVOR | April 17, 2012 | Reply


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