Over 50,000 people died waiting for Green Paper

Three people an hour are dying while the Government stalls on the Green Paper for social care, Age UK has said.  

In the 700 days since the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced the Government’s intention to produce one during the 2017 Spring Budget, 54,025 older people have died while waiting for a care package to be put in place for them, the equivalent to three every hour.  

In addition:

  • 626,701 older people left unable to access the care system due to unfulfilled requests
  • £476,939,017 wasted by the NHS  
  • 1,263,844 older people have developed an unmet need, such as being able to wash or dress.  
  • 195,065 paid social care roles have become vacant.  
  • 1,988,102 older people have become carers  
  • 7,240 older people have lost their homes and any savings through the cost of social care.  

Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK said: “Some policymakers talk about social care as though it was some kind of ‘nice to have’ discretionary purchase, but … it is an absolutely vital public service, and sustaining it and ensuring it is of good quality ought to be a top Government priority.  “Delays in putting care packages in place for older people reflect a social care system that is inadequate to the task and struggling to cope. “

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to browse or by clicking "Accept All Cookies" you agree to the storing of first and third-party cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Cookie Policy
Cookie Settings
Decline All
Accept All Cookies
By continuing to browse or by clicking "Accept All Cookies" you agree to the storing of first and third-party cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Cookie Policy
Cookie Settings
Decline All
Accept All Cookies
Cookie Settings
STAY UPDATED!
Thank you for visiting CHMonline.co.uk, the website for the leading magazine for care home managers, operators and directors. If you would like to receive the digital edition and/or the editor's regular newsletters via email please subscribe here.
Are you a care home staff member or operator?
Terms: Care Home Management (S&A Publishing) may use the information you provide on this form to get in touch with you with relevant industry news and promotions. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us. We will treat your information with respect. For more information please view our privacy policy.
By submitting this form you agree to the terms.
SUBSCRIBE