British care services ‘most miserly in Europe’ say MPs


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

Care services for elderly people in Britain have been branded the most miserly in Europe. So niggardly is the current means-tested system that a new Parliamentary inquiry has said it is simply “unacceptable”. The claims came amid growing political pressure for the Government to accept the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care of the Elderly which earlier this year called for sweeping changes. The latest attacks on the system came from the influential Commons Health Committee which, despite its in-built Labour majority, criticised government failure to do more to improve present arrangements. Now the MPs fear ministers may try to quietly shelve the Royal Commission’s proposals. Which is why, in a bluntly-worded report they warn: “Failure by the Government to act urgently would be a serious dereliction of duty.” Among the changes recommended by the Commission was for personal care of the elderly to be paid out of general taxation. Its report rejected doomsday predictions of an unaffordable “





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