The chief executive of Audley Retirement Villages, Nick Sanderson has criticised the Chancellor, George Osborne for giving £4 billion to the NHS to deal with the growing financial crisis.
“The Chancellor’s announcement of an 11th hour injection of £4 billion to aid our creaking healthcare service does little to address the route of the issue, namely that we have an ageing population which places growing demands on the system, “ said Mr Sanderson.
“Preventative measures, rather than throwing money at our care home system, would be far more effective. Ninety nine per cent of people don’t want to go into a care home, and most of those should not have to. George Osborne would be foolish to direct this level of spending in the direction of a model that is broken.
“The Chancellor should listen to the facts – 86% of the older generation are still living in a family sized home which is often unsuitable for their changing needs. It’s clear that what is actually needed are more housing options that offer high quality, flexible care which can be implemented as and when required.
“This would ensure that people were prepared for changes to their health, which in turn would go a long way to minimise costly intervention and hospital bed blocking. Most importantly, it would allow the majority of people to remain independent and in their own homes. This would not only improve the living standards of older generations but also revolutionise the future of UK care and allow the government to allocate spending elsewhere.”