Calls to end the crisis in the welfare of our oldest and most vulnerable adults

A social care spokesman from the Independent Care Group (ICG) is writing to every single MP calling for emergency measures to end the crisis in the welfare of our oldest and most vulnerable adults.

Mike Padgham, chair of the ICG, said: “Radical action is needed before the 1.4m people not currently receiving the care they need grows even more.

“A phrase used recently suggested the Government was in denial about poverty – well I’m sorry to say I think the Government is in denial about social care too. It thinks all is well and that a bit of tinkering here and there will solve the problem.

“They are sleepwalking into a disaster that will have dire and far-reaching consequences, for many years to come.”

Mr Padgham has warned of the difficulties faced by care providers such as Allied Healthcare and how they are heading for trouble unless more funding is awarded to the social care sector.

The ICG chair aims to write to each of the 650 members in the House of Commons calling on them to take action to protect those needing care within their constituencies.

The ICG has said care providers are fed up of waiting for the long-delayed Government Green Paper on social care and need action now.

Mr Padgham continued: “I have written on numerous occasions to the Prime Minister and to the various care ministers and I can’t think of many of the 12 care ministers over the past 20 years who won’t have hear from me at one time of another. I’ve had very few words of encouragement in reply.

“Now, I’m going to write to every single MP – setting out the true plight of social care in this country and urging them all to wake up to the crisis that is affecting older and vulnerable adults in their constituencies. That’s quite an undertaking but one that I feel is necessary to get across just how perilous the state of social care is at the moment.

“We have to get our message across, loud and clear or else the crisis will drag on and more and more providers will close and more and more people will go without care.”

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