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Barker Commission must lead to 'open and honest debate' on future of care

04 September 2014

Carers UK has responded to the publication of the final report by the Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: 

“It is vital that we now have an open and honest debate about the future of our social care and health systems and how we to address the growing gulf between increasing care need and available funding.  

“Pressure on families to provide care continues to grow, with sharp rises in the number of carers caring round the clock, often without support, for older or disabled loved ones. Families alone cannot absorb growing demand and within just a few years the number of older people needing support will outstrip the number of family members able to provide care. Public services and the economy cannot afford for more and more families to be pushed to breaking point, made ill or forced to quit work because they can no longer cope – unable to access affordable, good quality care services.

 “Despite a number of reforms to social care law, the Government, and all political parties, have failed to set out a robust approach for the future funding of both social care and the NHS. Older and disabled people and their families are paying the price and will expect to hear answers from all parties in advance of the general election next year.”

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