Social care white paper represents massive failure
Published 11 July 2012
The Government is due to release a White Paper setting out proposals for reform of the social care system and a report on options for the future funding of social care.
This is widely reported to include proposals on deferring care payments until after death and a national framework to determine who can access care, but no commitment for funding reform. People with dementia are some of the hardest hit by the current means tested system, which often sees people with dementia pay tens of thousands of pounds for essential care.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Millions of vulnerable people had been promised radical reform but today they are being massively let down. Every day without a funding decision is another day where people, including those with dementia, face huge costs for often substandard care. If reports are true, this White Paper is not worth the paper it's written on.
'This is an avoidable crisis which is too important to be lost in a political storm. We need urgent discussions with Government about how to fund a fairer, more sustainable care system.'
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