In 2018, there were 1.4 million older people in the UK struggling to obtain the care they need to perform essential everyday tasks, such as getting out of bed and eating. Moreover, the demand for elderly care is expected to rise due to an ageing population and budgeting challenges. Older patients are more vulnerable to extended hospital stays, and to the variation in care services offered by different local authorities. The government promised to publish a Green Paper – a consultation document – which will address issues related to the quality and uniformity of elderly care.
In a Commons debate on the NHS Long Term Plan on 7 January 2019, the new Health Secretary, Matt Hancock was asked about the timing of the long-promised social care Green Paper. He replied:
“I certainly intend that to happen before April. My previous commitment was to do it before Christmas, so it is well advanced.”
If we take the Health Secretary at his word, this policy is ‘in progress’. It will be ‘done’ when the social care Green Paper is finally published and we can see that it addresses concerns around care for the elderly. Follow this policy to stay up to date.
- ‘Policies on Ageing’ – Centre for Policy on Ageing
- ‘Nearly half UK care home workers leave within a year, finds report’ – The Independent
- ‘International comparisons of healthcare quality’ – The Health Foundation
- ‘The North-South NHS divide’ – Medical Technology Group
- ‘What do we mean by ‘variation’ and when is it ‘unwarranted’?’ – Prof. M. Cripps, NHS