New campaign for free personal care

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

A new drive to pressure the Government to provide free nursing and personal care was launched by the “Right to Care” campaign on November 6. A broad-based grouping of 19 influential national organisations came together at Westminster to lobby the Government for nursing and personal care to be free at the point of use for everyone. Speakers included Bob Worcester of MORI, who announced the results of a new poll on attitudes to paying for personal care for elderly people. Other speakers were writer and broadcaster Claire Rayner and Robin Wendt, who read a message of support from Lord Sutherland, chair of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care. MPs David Hinchcliffe and Paul Burstow also spoke, along with Barbara Pointon who cares for her husband who has Alzheimer¹s disease. The “Right to Care” campaign charter says the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long Term care should be implemented in full and that means testing should be ended. “Right to Care” is also campaigning for the artificial distinction

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