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Nine words for care

We do not want proposals, we need action.’

‘Social care needs total reform not sticking plaster solutions.’

‘Ambitious reform backed by appropriate investment is needed now.’

‘Sustainable and equal access to care and support services.’

‘9 words said a lot, neglecting #care must stop.’

These are just some of the 400 or so submissions to the National Care Forum setting out people’s nine words for care ambitions.

The comments were made in response to the Queen’s Speech 2021, which only contained nine words relating to social care: “Proposals on reforms to social care will be brought forward.”

NCF chief executive Vic Rayner said: “This was the only acknowledgement given to a sector that impacts the lives of millions of people, and has been on the promise end of reform from multiple governments for the best part of thirty years.”

The NCF asked people to send in their own nine words for care, and Rayner says the response to the #9wordsforcare call out was incredible. “In 48-hours, we received over 400 submissions and hundreds more who engaged and commented. The responses were angry, inspiring, emotional, sardonic, symbolic and most of all they showed that people cared.”

Rayner continued: “The underlying message is clearly that nine words was definitely not enough, and seriously undermines the much repeated commitment that this government will ‘fix social care’.”

Pic credit: Royal Star & Garter

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