Social Care Costs

The BBC has the story on its web site

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45750384

What struck me about the BBC piece is that the writer of it uses almost the same words as I did when they describe the timescale for governments not to address this most vital of issues. My blog posting on the subject was on 29th September and here’s a link to it:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/09/29/sefton-council-its-social-care-budgetary-crisis-as-with-every-other-council-delivering-social-care-responsibilities/

This is what I said – This is a crisis that needed to be faced up to by politicians in government 20 or more years ago, the fact that it still has not been is testament to our broken political system which only thinks very short term indeed.

This is what Nick Triggle has said on the BBC web site on 8th October – In truth, it is an issue that governments have ducked for more than 20 years – Tony Blair was talking about reform as he came to power in 1997.

That we have to fund social care costs much better is a given and those costs have to come, in the main, from general taxation don’t they? Even in our broken political system surely the political parties can come together to agree a way forward rather than them each kicking the can further down the road whilst blaming the other political parties for doing the kicking.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Care sector woes leave frail at risk, regulator says – BBC web site

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37620989

The BBC has this most worrying story on its web site – see link above

With the right wing press obsessed with promoting Brexit, the Tories and of course Bake Off’s troubles this is a major issue that is simply not getting the profile that it needs.

As well as an NHS that is all but on its knees care for the elderly is also in crisis. You would think this should motivate us all to put in place, or to ensure that our political leaders put in place, the required solutions but apart from the wringing of hands and the pleas of Norman Lamb MP for a cross party approach to this appalling NHS/care crisis nothing much seems to happen.

Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb MP

The question is how bad does it have to get before we force MP’s and Government to take action. We all need a strong NHS and care provision you know!

And to quote Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron:- ‘We need a new deal for NHS & Social Care – services are under huge pressure; excuses and passing the buck not enough’

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.