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. “


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