Call for reform of the social care system

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Call for reform of the social care system

Over sixty organisations signed a letter calling for fundamental and lasting reform of the social care system.

03/01/2012

A call for fundamental and lasting reform of the social care system to ensure well-funded and high-quality social care for the future was made in a letter signed by over sixty organisations. The letter published in the Daily Telegraph highlighted the demise of 800,000 people that are left at risk and isolated because of the lack of basic social care at home. This lack of support results in avoidable hospital admissions and patients having to stay for longer than necessary because of lack of care at home.

Abuse and neglect can be found in parts of the care system so the challenge to improve the social care system is critical, especially as the general population, including disabled people and those with long term conditions, are living longer.

The letter, which has a wide range of signatories including Action on Hearing Loss, the Association of British Insurers and the British Medical Association, mentions that experienced staff are forced to give up work to care for relatives and are then pushed to breaking point to provide round the clock care.

The ‘Fairer funding for all’ report by the Dilnot Commission, which was published in July 2011 made recommendations on funding of social care in the future. The Government will follow this with a White Paper on social care due by April. With cross party talks on the future of social care expected, the wide coalition of over sixty organisations urge the Government and other party leaders to ensure that the social care system of the future provides the support ‘we would all expect for ourselves and our families’. The full letter can be found at: www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/

The Dilnot report can be found at: www.dilnotcommission.dh.gov.uk/our-report/

Inclusions analysis of the Dilnot report can be found at: www.inclusionlondon.co.uk/We