20 Feb 2015
Anchor’s Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft has highlighted Britain’s need for a dedicated Minister for older People in a letter to editors published in the Daily Express this week.
In the letter Jane wrote:
Local government leaders’ stark warning that without greater provision of adult social care funding, older people will continue to be failed by the system comes as sad but unsurprising news (“Elderly ‘stuck’ in hospital by care crisis”, February 16).
Social care budgets have been slashed by 26 per cent in the last four years and the lack of integration between health and social provision is driving poor care.
It is older people that are suffering most and ensuring social care funding is protected is as essential as fixing the issues in the NHS.
Anchor’s recent survey of 2,000 people aged 55 and over showed that this is a key issue for older voters in the run up to the election with 86 per cent believing politicians should focus on health and social care.
We need all parties to agree to the appointment of a Minister for Older People so that the most vulnerable members of society receive proper care and are treated with dignity. This in turn will help future older generations.