Will a ‘new’ economics of care result in ‘moral deprivation’ rather than compassionate care in the NHS?

Di Galpin

As Jeremy Hunt accuses hospitals of endangering patients lives one wonders can ‘compassionate care’ really flourish in the ‘new’ economics of health and social care? Will NHS reform result in less compassion rather than more?Michael Sandel argues markets are not a mere mechanism designed to deliver goods, they also embody certain values, and the problem is these values ‘crowd’ out non market values which are really worth caring about and preserving, such as compassion’.

The Nobel prize winner for economics, Jospeh E.Stiglitz, suggests the current neo-liberal approach favoured by government is undermining a fundamental value many support, a sense of fair play. Stiglitz argues if financiers that lay at the heart of the current financial crisis felt such a basic value their actions should have led to feelings of guilt as they engaged in predatory actions that damaged individuals lives. He suggests few felt any sense of shame…

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About digalpin

I gained my social work qualification from the University of Southampton and worked for 14 years in mental health, disability and older people services. I am currently a senior lecturer in post-qualifying social work at Bournemouth University and am conducting research on government and societal attitudes and responses to the mistreatment of older people in health and social care provision for my doctorate. My views are my own.

4 thoughts on “Will a ‘new’ economics of care result in ‘moral deprivation’ rather than compassionate care in the NHS?

  1. Dear Di Galpin, There was a time when the younger members of the FAMILY looked after their grandparents out of LOVE. I have long ago been on the road to Damascus and have for a long time seen that all social care is for the PROFIT of those who would use the system. Why do wealthy people buy shares and pay peanuts to the workers. WHY. Just to add ANOTHER 0 to their account in this Guaranteed money making market. All the best.

  2. May I try to explain a dilemma. Considering ALL eventualities of the functions of Social Services. Who provide a GREAT SERVICE. What I fail to understand is WHY a person who has scrimped and saved to buy a low cost home should have it taken from them if any in the Family become ill. YET many Families who have made no contribution to the state have everything made available to them. Please know that I am only trying to contribute to a discussion.

    1. I think this is a common feeling, the problem for me is that from this perspective there is an assumption some people deliberately make no contribution, when in fact sometimes some people are not able to due to their circumstances ie. for reasons of ill health for example. Fullfact.org is a really interestig website who provide more factual information and statistics, it might be worth looking at .

      Thanks again for your comments.

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