Who's with us?
Many people and organisations are helping us to campaign for an end to flying 15-minute care visits.
A big thank-you to:
Journalist and TV presenter Esther Rantzen CBE is best known for hosting the BBC television series That’s Life! She founded the child protection charity ChildLine and has recently established a helpline for older people, The Silver Line.
Esther is backing our call to end 15-minute care visits. She says:
‘I believe it is cruel to treat people like products on a conveyor belt. Providing this kind of care is a personal service and should be accompanied by conversation and at least half an hour of the care workers’ time. It must be deeply distressing for the care worker too when they are unable to treat their client with any dignity or respect because they simply haven’t the time.’
The Bishop of Carlisle
The Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, has also declared his support for Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaign to end 15-minute care visits.
‘We have a duty to care for disabled and elderly people. Any of us could be unlucky enough to need help with the parts of life we take for granted: getting out of bed, getting dressed, washing and eating. It is intolerable to think that people are expected to rush through these tasks in as little as 15 minutes. I hope that the government can act and reverse this worrying trend of shorter and shorter care visits.’
Royal College of Nursing
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which has over 400,000 members, and is uniquely acknowledged as ‘the voice of nursing’ by both the government and the public, is another supporter of our campaign.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, says:
‘People with a disability should not have to make choices between one essential care function or another because visits are being scheduled for so little time. Anyone who needs support getting up, washing dressing and eating should receive these basic rights with adequate time and dignity.’
Jewish Care is supporting our Make Care Fair campaign and comments:
‘We are aware that many people are facing great difficulties in accessing the care that they need due to time constraints. We strongly urge people to support the "Make Care Fair" campaign to end 15-minute visits, while we and other social care organisations in the Jewish community are working hard to ensure that Jewish people can access the care they need.’