Reaction to Rowntree: report puts spotlight on funding shambles

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

The care sector has been quick to throw its support behind the Joseph Rowntree Foundation1s discussion paper on paying for long term care. “This report shines a spotlight on the state of older people’s care in Britain,” said Age Concern1s director-general Gordon Lishman within hours of the report’s release. “The current system is a shambles which is both ‘unfair’ and ‘incoherent.’ Yet despite overwhelming evidence of the problems and an ageing population, too few improvements have been made. “The Government cannot continue to bury its head in the sand on the care crisis. The severe under funding of long term care must be addressed. Greater investment is needed and a lasting solution found to make clear what the state should fund and what individuals should pay for.” Mr Lishman1s sentiments are backed up by BUPA Care Homes which said the Government must wake up to the future costs of long term care. BUPA Care Homes managing director Mark Ellerby said that, while other countries were facing up to the demands of

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