It’s a hard, hard world
A recent survey has found that 63% of the general public believe the NHS provides social care and 42% think it’s free.
It might be difficult for we who are involved with social care to appreciate this ignorance of the reality, but most people have little engagement with social care, which is why government has hitherto felt that, as long as the system doesn’t actually collapse, it can get by with a very minimum drip-feed of extra resources.
But the increasing unmet need is making itself felt in the NHS, with frail elderly people being increasingly yo-yo’d between hospital and home – at huge cost and with huge stress to the elderly people concerned.
It is the latter which makes the situation so morally repugnant. We have come quite a long way towards social justice but it has yet to encompass the welfare of people who aren’t wealthy enough to grow to be very old.
It should be no surprise that it is the affluent areas which have the highest stats for longevity.
Are people very bothered by this? I don’t think so.
It’s a hard, hard world.
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