Today’s report from the Care Quality Commission (CQS) in to Bristol’s adult care services is mainy a text book example of what happens when the dead hand of bureaucracy meets impenetrable New Labour social jargon.
So we’ve got an “Annual performance assessment” report grading the city’s services on the basis of their contribution to a bunch of positive-sounding empty slogans such as “Making a positive contribution”; “Freedom from discrimination and harassment” and that New Labour favourite “Increased choice and control”.
And we learn from all this that Bristol is judged to be doing “Well”, whatever that means.
But wade through the yards of meaningless jargon – how about “A comprehensive Joint Strategic Needs Assessment has been produced which is being used as a source document for planning and as the basis for reviewing commissioning strategies”? – and you might discover the odd fact.
Like this one hidden away on page 5:
The council has been working with some providers to address institutional abuse and is using the learning and experience from this as a model for partnership working with other homes.
There it is. An open admission of institutional abuse in Bristol’s care homes. Especially note the verb “address” in that sentence. They’re not “investigating” allegations any more, they’re “addressing” a problem they’ve made a great effort not to admit they have.
The truth is slowly coming out …