Red Cross has warned that cutting the budget for the elderly is short sighted, the charity has done a tally of what GP’s think as well. The results were that out of 10 GP’s 9 of them said elderly and vulnerable patients were being put at risk by a lack of social care support.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison trade union, said: “Home care has always provided a vital service and safety net, but our members tell us that this critical protection is being taken away. All too often 15-minute care slots are sold off to the lowest bidder. This does not give enough time for home carers to provide a decent level of care.”
Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “We all know budgets are tight but cuts and under-investment to lower-level home-based care which jeopardise patients’ wellbeing and dignity must be challenged
The survey establishes so as to most GPs and members of the community supposed they believed support for citizens with lower-level needs was being cut. surrounded by the doctors, 88% said their patients were being put at risk due to a lack of social care support. The same fraction of doctors, as well as 80% of the community, said a lack of asset or cuts to social care was driving down standards.