Hewitt says care funding ‘needs to be debated’

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

Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt has said there is an urgent need for a national debate on who pays for care. At a meeting with the Alzheimer’s Society in Leicester, carers told the health secretary that the current system is unjust and compels people with dementia to pay thousands of pounds for vital care, such as help with eating, washing and using the toilet. Ms Hewitt responded that care funding needed to be debated, in similar fashion to the current debate on pensions. “It is completely unrealistic to expect all personal care to be provided on the state budget,” said Ms Hewitt. “We need to have a combination of tax funded and individual funded care.” The health secretary’s comments follow a previous statement by health minister Ivan Lewis who said in June: “We can’t have a credible, mature debate about the future of social care without a debate about who pays for what.” Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Neil Hunt said means testing vulnerable older people for essential ca

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