19 organisations join forces for ‘Right to Care’ lobbying group

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A new drive to pressure the Government to provide free nursing and personal care was launched by the “Right to Care” campaign on November 6. A broad-based grouping of 19 influential national organisations came together at Westminster to lobby the Government for nursing and personal care to be free at the point of use for everyone. Speakers included Bob Worcester of MORI who announced the results of a new poll on attitudes to paying for personal care for elderly people. The poll found that 81 per cent of the public thought the Government should introduce free personal care. Other speakers were writer and broadcaster Claire Rayner, and Robin Wendt who read a message of support from Lord Sutherland who chaired the Royal Commission on Long Term Care. Also speaking at the campaign launch was Unison deputy general secretary Keith Sonnet who said the union found it unacceptable to charge older or disabled people for essential personal care, such as help with going to the toilet. “We want to see an end to the dreaded

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