By Robin Means
Contemporary neighborhood care adjustments have raised basic concerns concerning the altering function of the general public, voluntary and casual sectors within the provision of social care to frail aged humans. they've got additionally raised concerns concerning the healthiness and social care interface, easy methods to ration prone and the respective roles of residential care and care at domestic. the aim of this booklet is to set those debates within the context of the ancient progress of welfare companies from the outbreak of the second one international struggle via to the institution of social companies departments in April 1971. established upon large learn on basic providers reminiscent of the general public files workplace and interviews with key actors, separate chapters examine the influence of the second one global battle; the 1948 nationwide tips Act; concerns in residential care; matters in domiciliary care; and the production of social providers departments.
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The desire for secrecy was probably two-fold. The primary task was seen as removing those who were creating problems rather than assessing overall demand for evacuation. Second, there may have been sensitivity about the bias of provision towards London rather than other areas in danger from bombing. ’, 17 December, 1940). However, when the Picture Post approached the LCC in March 1941 they were discouraged from providing a story on the evacuation scheme on the grounds “that the wide circulation of Picture Post might give rise to false ideas of the scope of this business and that it would be wiser to take no action”38.
9 When the raids arrived, it became clear that planning arrangements had overestimated the level of civilian casualties and underestimated the level of homelessness and property damage (Titmuss, 1976, pp 3-53). The rest centres became blocked with homeless people, and major alterations in the scheme had to be effected. One group that was seen as especially creating difficulties was the so-called ‘unbilletables’. As the Chief Officer, Rest Centre Services in London, outlined: ... reports came in from all sides of the admission of invalids 25 From Poor Law to community care and aged persons who were unsuitable either to be fitted in households or to look after themselves in fur nished accommodation.
Some of the chronic sick were consequently shifted from one place to another, amid much confusion [and] hardship and many complaints resulted from these attempts to move patients from good hospitals to which they had been transferred in the first instance. (Titmuss, 1976, pp 451-2) There was considerable sensitivity from the government to any suggestion that war victims were being treated as “paupers”12. This charge was made by the newly formed Old People’s Welfare Committee13 (see Chapter Three); this organisation suspected many elderly evacuees in such hospitals were treated more as Poor Law inmates rather than as patients.
From Poor Law to Community Care: The Development of Welfare Services for Elderly People 1939-1971 (2nd edition) by Robin Means