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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS SUPPORTS A BETTER PLAN FOR CARERS

THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2015

 

Investment, proper identification and improved co-ordination to help support carers is long overdue says Emily Brothers, Labour’s Prospective Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam. In supporting calls from the Carers Trust for improvements to social care, Ms Brothers said:
“We shouldn’t take the 7 million carers in Britain for granted. They are making a difference to the lives of so many older and disabled people, but often too much personal cost. Many carers do not have access to good quality support or receive a break from their caring role. This has a serious impact on their physical and mental health.
“In England 300,000 fewer people over the age of 65 are receiving funding for social care compared to 2010. That’s why I’m concerned that families are struggling under the Tory and Lib Dem Government to support their loved ones at home.
“Families have to call on urgent care at crisis points and this is placing a serious strain on our NHS. In the last 12 months across England 1,061,267 bed days were lost because hospitals were unable to discharge patients. This cost the NHS £291,848,245 - money which could have paid for a year of home visits for over 41,000 elderly people or 6,999 nurses.
“I’m clear that a better plan is needed to co-ordinate health and social care. That why Labour will join up services from home to hospital, with a single point of contact for all who need it.”
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (2013/14) report that in England 300,000 fewer people over the age of 65 are receiving state funded social care services compared to 2009/10.
NHS England Delayed Transfers of Care, Last 12 Months (2015) report that in the last 12 months across England 1,061,267 hospital bed days were lost because hospitals were unable to discharge patients. This cost the NHS £291,848,245
 
 

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