APs søsterparti i England, Labour, ledet av Jens Stoltenbergs gode venn: Gordon Brown kommer fra og med april neste år til å sette bestemor på anbud. Med verdens beste samvittighet om man skal tro en artikkel i dagens Observer.
Tiltakene som skal gjennomføres, ligner mistenkelig på de som FrP er blitt latterliggjort for i lang tid. Man skal overføre penger til pasienten eller dens pårørerende som skal disponere pengene på den måten som passer den enkelte best.
Social care minister Ivan Lewis said: 'This is the end of a paternalistic and controlling culture and the beginning of a new way for older people and those with disabilities to be in charge of their lives.' He acknowledged there were inherent risks: 'Some may decide to spend money in unconventional ways; others may find making these choices very hard. We'll have to face these challenges as they arise, but we know this is the right thing to do. The more power you put into the hands of people, the more you end up with the package of care they want. We can't simply maintain a status quo where people have to receive the care handed out to them.'Det skal bli interessant å se venstresidens reaksjoner på denne reformen som Observer kaller "Revolution in home care for old people".
Det har allerede vært gjennomført pilotprosjekter med gode resultater. Hva som skal til for å overbevise våre rødgrønne politikere, vites ikke, men suksess i England kan umulig være nok.
En av de pårørende sier til Observer/Guardian:
"One of those who has benefited enormously from having a personal budget is Chris Moon-Williams, whose parents, Beryl and Cyril Moon, are both at home and in their eighties. Moon-Williams, who lives in Worthing, West Sussex and works in social services, controls the £7,000-a-year budget they both receive for their personal care.I vårt land vil dette være spikeren i kista for velferdsttaten. Ifølge venstresiden. Vi får se når dette har fått virke hos engelskmennene. Kanskje det ikke er så dumt, allikevel?
'It is no exaggeration to say that this has transformed their lives,' she said. 'My mother is physically frail and has some memory problems. In the past, someone would come to get her up in the morning, at any time between 9am and noon. That really upset my father, who was her main carer.
'When I was able to control their budget, I shopped around for their care, and interviewed different carers until I found the right person. Her carer now comes at 9am on the dot, but is also happy to take her to the GP, take them shopping and do other jobs that the previous person wasn't allowed to do.
'As I control the budget quite tightly, I can save a bit of money, which has meant they have both enjoyed the last week at a hotel in Bournemouth for the first time in ages. I've also used some of the money to buy a care alarm so I know if she's fallen down. My father now has a carer who can take him for a walk, and once a week they go to the pub for a pint.'"