The IPPR shows how out of touch it has become with its new demand for free personal care funded by taxation. We can’t even afford healthy food, and a humiliating outbreak of outsourced Listeria shows how bad things have got. Wed have to ration and we need to do it well in advance to that people know what will not be covered. Exporting our elderly – once mentioned half in jest on NHSreality – may be closer that we think. We can have 2p here, 2p there, free TV licenses, Winter heating allowance and you name it. Before you know it the rate of taxation will be 60%…
and migration limits on doctors have been lifted.
and the staff are “Quitting in droves”.
Even the institutions are failing and now untrusted by the profession.
And if you thought that the health service you happen to be in was “cradle to grave: think again. UK running out of care home places, says geriatrics society chief
Older people should receive free help to eat, wash and get dressed in a move which would improve their health but need to be funded by a 2p tax rise, a thinktank has said.
The proposal, by the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), highlights the growing political consensus that personal care should become free for over-65s. If implemented, it would bring England into line with Scotland, where such care has been free since 2002.
The IPPR argues that the key principle underlying access to the NHS – free care at the point of need – should be extended to this element of social care services in England.