Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Experts Call for Overhaul of 'Failing' Care System

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Experts Call for Overhaul of 'Failing' Care System

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THE Government and the Labour Party are being urged to overhaul England's "failing" social care system, which experts say is leaving 800,000 elderly people "lonely, isolated and at risk".

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, a group of more than 60 government advisers, charity directors and independent experts said failure to meet the challenge of an ageing population was resulting in "terrible examples of abuse and neglect".

The signatories, who include representatives from the British Medical Association, Age UK and the TUC, called for cross-party support to secure "urgent, fundamental and lasting reform".

"The unavoidable challenge we face is how to support the increasing number of people who need care," they wrote.

"It is currently a challenge which we are failing to meet - resulting in terrible examples of abuse and neglect in parts of the care system.

"This comes at a huge cost to the dignity and independence of older and disabled people, but also to our society, family life and the economy. …

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