Moderation policy

We welcome your feedback, but ask you to please bear in mind our guidelines when submitting comments.

We pre-moderate all comments submitted to this site. This means that comments will be checked by moderators before being published.

This is not about censoring your views – the aim is to ensure that comments are all relevant. Moderation will not be used to suppress  legitimate, reasoned discussion.

In practice we will normally approve comments for publication as long as they:

  • are on-topic. Please don’t post messages that are not related
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  • are in English – unfortunately, we do not currently have the resource to moderate comments in other languages

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2 Responses to Moderation policy

  1. judith says:

    As a mother of someone with learning difficulties and having volunteered in the field of disability for thirty years I would like to say that until we all appreciate that ‘care support’ is a very demanding and exacting occupation that requires specific training, a special type of person, comensurate salary and adequate supervision, we will not be able to provide the standard of care that as a 21st century country we should be providing. It is no use holding our hands up in horror when Panorama screens a shockiing programme, we KNOW that we are not providing the support these ‘special’ people need – it WILL cost extra money and however many years we spend ‘consulting’ about it that will not change. Carers need to be recognised and paid accordingly and money will have to be found. We need to attract the right people for a very exacting and skilled job – at the moment it is one of the worst paid jobs and advertised in many instances as ‘no particular skills needed’.

  2. Diedre Ann Dickinson says:

    I feel as a lay person having downloaded the proprosed draft bill it is impossible for me to comment in detail. Obviously a bill is required but who is going to be able to truly understand and constructively comment on such a complicated document to my mind beggars belief.

    I am female and 78 years of age. My husband died last year after three months of a most traumatic time. Two thirds spent in hospital and the last third at home. From the end of life aspect I can only say that I was left with the feeling of being sidelined by the hospital who seemed to be looking at my husband as a packjage and not a human being. I found at the end at home the out of hours service quite inadequate and I was left coping the last night on my own.

    I can only hope that the bill when in operation is fit to allow people to be treated at human beings whatever their need. Financing is going to be a very tough nut to crack as the country has inadequate resources to do all that is being proposed. These panels who decide what we are able to have are so arbitrary and I found that aspect most demeaning.

    I just hope that parliament can bring itself to really understand what it is supposed to being trying to decide, to keep it simple and put human beings at the forefront.

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