Don’t run public services as businesses

Independent, 1 December 2014

Six years ago today, the public got answers over the death of Peter Connelly – known then as Baby P. Ed Balls, then Children’s Secretary, sacked Sharon Shoesmith, Head of Haringey Children’s Services, live on TV. Other social workers were suspended and a doctor was charged with misconduct; the issue seemed to have been dealt with.

I explain why Britain’s public services are ripe for more scandals.


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