The Alzheimer’s Society has called on Boris Johnson to match Jeremy Hunt promises to fix the broken social care system if he becomes Prime Minister. More than 200 elderly people living in care homes and retirement properties run by Anchor Hanover have also signed a letter demanding the new Prime Minister act on the concerns of Britain’s ageing population.
In the joint letter sent to Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt on 18 July, a total of 247 care home residents said whoever becomes Prime Minister must publish the social care green paper within his first 100 days in office.
Last night Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt promised to fix the broken social care system if he becomes Prime Minister, with a long term plan and cash boost.
I fought hard for the same for social care because we cannot ignore the care needs of older people, such as those with dementia.
‘I delivered a long-term plan for the NHS, backed by £20billion more a year to fund improvements. If I were Prime Minister I would put this right, once and for all.’
Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, responded:
‘We welcome Jeremy Hunt’s recognition of the shocking injustice of dementia care, and his pledge that social care will get the same long term plan and level of investment the NHS rightly had at the start of the year. He knows the future of the NHS relies on getting things right for social care.
‘For the sake of people with dementia Alzheimer’s Society calls on Boris Johnson to match this promise. Letting vulnerable people with dementia shoulder catastrophic costs, and struggle with scarce, and poor quality care, is a stain on our country’s reputation. We must do much, much better for the 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today.’