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News and Comment March 2021

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10 March (Part 2) - Shortest ever Scrutiny meeting report

ScrutinyI half listened live to last night’s Children’s and Adults’ Services Scrutiny Committee meeting and didn’t note a single thing that I considered to be of interest to readers so I listened intently again this afternoon.

There were two things maybe worthy of comment.

Councillor Eileen Pallen (Conservative, Bexleyheath) asked how much is being spent on domiciliary care. Answer about £18 million a year. Then she reported residents with relatives in care homes no longer being able to read the notes made by care staff following the imposition of Covid restrictions and the transfer of the records to a digital format.

No satisfactory answer was forthcoming but in Newham where the same problem arose I complained about it and was given full access to the digital records. It was not as convenient as reading the notebook and I wasn’t especially happy that the system never asked for my password but it worked and provided all the information I needed.


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