So do you think the state can afford to care for you? Think again… Adults and children..

The state is unable to fund the future of social and dependency care with a projected 30% increase in demand in the next two decades. Although elderly people are living longer, they have to die of something, and before they do multiple pathologies and morbidities arise.

Ella Pickover on 29th August 2018 in the Independent reports: England ‘left behind’ in race to resolve social care funding problems, charity warns

Despite government consultations, official commissions, green and white papers and an act of parliament, England’s system of means-tested care funding is broadly unchanged, Age UK says

Age UK said an entire generation of elderly people had “lost out” after various proposed care reforms had been left to “gather dust”.

The comments came after a new report compared social care systems across the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan….

Peter Starkins of the Huffington Post 22nd August reports that “Ending free movement could cause a staffing crisis in Social Care”.

Jennifer Williams and her team for Manchester Evening News 29th August reports the dramatic increase of children needing care in many towns of the north of England: 

If you are organised and wish not to have your life prolonged unnecessarily, it seems that whether you tell your GP or the Local DGH its not enough. You also have to inform the ambulance service so that the paramedics don’t act outside your permission. Jennifer Cockerell  “Charity urges ambulance trusts ensure end of life care plans are met

Alex Matthews King in the Independent today- Social care crisis: Over-85s needing 24 hour care set to double by 2035, major study shows

Extending the retirement age will reduce the ‘informal and unpaid carer pool’ who have traditionally provided for older family members and heap pressure on social care, experts warn




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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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