No more ‘make do and mend’
Responding to research on MPs’ opinions about social care, Richard Humphries, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, said the research, by Independent Age, challenged the leaderships of both main parties to put aside their differences and work together to fix the crisis in the social care system.
“There is an overwhelming consensus among MPs that it does not meet the needs of the ageing population,” said Mr Humphries.
“MPs of both main parties agree that adult social care needs both fundamental reform and more funding, and so it is vital that the forthcoming government consultation addresses this.
“Despite numerous reviews, commissions, Green and White Papers on this, successive governments have ducked the challenge with the result being that many vulnerable people are now forced to rely on friends and family or are unable to access care at all. Parliament has made clear that the ‘make do and mend’ approach to the social care system is no longer good enough.”