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Public poll highlights unease with social care standards

Over two thirds of people polled think that the standard of social care services has deteriorated, according to a new Health Foundation poll.

Public perceptions of the NHS and social care: performance, policy and expectations finds that 69 per cent of people polled think the standard of social care services has deteriorated with 53 per cent concerned that standards will get worse.

This compares to 57 and 43 per cent for NHS services.

This may partly be a reflection of growing public awareness of how the pandemic has impacted adult social care and the gaps in the government’s response, as well as frustration with the continuing restrictions on visiting care homes. The poll is based on 2,102 responses from people aged 16 and older across the UK conducted in November 2021.


Confidence in national policies for social care across all four UK countries is even lower that that of the NHS, with an average of only 8 per cent agreeing with the government that social care has been “fixed”.  

However, the survey finds that most people (58 per cent) support the Health and Social Care Levy, with only one in five (22%) opposed. Support is particularly high among people intending to vote Conservative – 75 per cent.

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