Survey: more want free care

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

The results from a survey undertaken by leading pollsters NOP for the Kings Fund, show that 66% of people want nursing and personal care for elderly people to be free. A thousand people over 25 were surveyed and the results were recently released. Two out of three wanted all care to be free of charge for all those people in long-term care. This supports the findings of Royal Commission which reported last year, findings which were rejected by the Government, but which appear to have been taken on board by the Scottish Executive. For Seasons Health Care chief executive Hamilton Anstead said the whole issue of care of elderly people was a serious social concern. “As the population ages more, more of us are think about being older and the type of care our parents or ourselves will receive,” Mr Anstead said. “In rejecting the Royal Commission report the Government were taking a surprising approach and this new survey highlights how far out of line with public opinion their approach is. “In a similar survey six ye

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