guest post from Carolan Connolly
CARERS CENTRES IN GLASGOW OUT TO TENDER
Why are carers always the last to know about changes to services that affect them directly.
Our lives are already challenged in GLASGOW due to the forced Personalisation and SDS agenda affecting the lives of our loved ones which seen many of us seeking guidance and support through our local Carers Centres.
NOW we learn they are all out for tender!………… WELL ACTUALLY ONLY A FEW CARERS KNOW, THE MANY THOUSANDS WHO USE THESE SERVICES HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD. I myself found out by chance and in accordance to the timeline thousands will not have their views considered.
The timeline and focus:
*Focus Groups 11th 13th 14th May
*Issues addressed by late August early September.
*The winning service/s will be in position by 1st October.
* The winning tender will be measured on 60% Quality and 40% Budget.
For many carers the centres offer them a life line and lets face it for us change is never good, it usually means cuts and a disservice.
So from now to October unpaid carers all over Glasgow will worry, be fearful and possibly stress over the unknown. All of the things usually alleviated by those very services now out for tender.
I couldn’t believe it when i learned that the Council were being forced into this legally, WHY WOULD YOU FORCE SOMEONE TO FIX SOMETHING WHEN IT ISN’T BROKEN!………….. Are our lives not hard enough without messing around with services that in the main work for us!….
I started to ask questions via social media (Facebook and Twitter) i was surprised to learn that not only were carers not consulted about this issue, it also seemed neither were many of our Councillors.
Seeking guidance and support as a member of the National Care Organisations I discovered other carer members were also starting to stress over this issue and relieved when we learned that the Council have been mislead and are not being forced into the procurement of these services LEGALLY.
GOOD NEWS!……….. or actually is this a decision that has already been made and the legal status was just a front to make CUTS!…… to our vital and valued services. We start to learn of internal audits and the stress comes flooding back.
I can’t even say this is a case of unpaid carers being CON-sulted out of our services because as far as i can see we have had no consultation at all. This is an insult to the many thousands of unpaid carers throughout Glasgow. Just because we are CARE PROVIDERS offering FREE care and support to those in need does not mean you don’t need to consult with us, after all we are the SERVICE USERS of these services.
Glasgow City Council ”PLEASE STOP MESSING AROUND WITH OUR LIVES THEY ARE DIFFICULT ENOUGH”!…………….