Response to CSA GP poll

13 March 2015

In response to research from the Care and Support Alliance which finds that 90 per cent of GPs believe social care services are not providing a sufficient level of care for patients, UK charity Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Campaigns Director, Andy Cole, said: 

‘The care system is in crisis. More and more of us need support with everyday living but prolonged underfunding has left hundreds of thousands of people without the vital help they need. Even those who do qualify for help are too often left facing the reality of undignified 15-minute care visits and having to make the impossible choice between having a cup of tea or going to the loo.

‘The message from GPs is clear: cuts to social care are placing tremendous pressure on the NHS, which is left to pick up the pieces when disabled and older people slip into crisis.  
‘To put this right, health, housing, and social care must work more closely together. This means increasing funding for social care as well as ensuring we have an adequate supply of disabled-friendly housing in the UK.  
‘Ahead of next week’s budget, we are calling on the government to commit to a new settlement for vital care services and an urgent review of housing options for disabled and older people.’

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