NHS leaders petition PM to act on social care
August 21, 2019
More than 150,000 members of the public and more than 50 health leaders have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take action now to address the escalating crisis in care.
In what is believed to be the largest petition of its kind, the NHS Confederation has urged the Prime Minister to end the “swingeing cuts in social care that have left around 1.4 million older people in England unable to access the care and support they need”.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, NHS leaders welcome his commitment to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’. They have pledged their support and are calling for:
- Cross-party talks to help deliver a more sustainable social care system, backed up by a long-term financial settlement.
- Immediate funding increases in the upcoming one-year government spending review that is being conducted this autumn to shore up care services in the short term.
- Genuine long-term funding alongside key reforms to help deliver a solution for social care that lasts a generation and more. This must include a widening of the eligibility criteria to ensure those people most in need get the care and support they require.
The letter and petition have been organised by the NHS Confederation, which leads the Health for Care coalition of 15 national health organisations who have joined forces to make the case for social care.