Newsnight – 9th April 2008

In this Newsnight edition they made the point that although offering choice appears to be giving the consumer/client/service user/child/patient what they want, it is in fact an admission that the public sector is limited in what it can provide. The public doesn’t have whatever it needs, the “public wants what the public gets”. So when we hear talk of choice as a means of greater personalisation what we are actually being offered is a menu of whatever options can be funded or what the system can offer. Not the best of all possible worlds, just the best that can be offered and even then the best that anyone has come up with.

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