The plight of 1,400 people with dementia who are stranded in hospital this Christmas because of a lack of available social care to look after them was today condemned as a disgrace.
The Independent Care Group said the investigation by Alzheimer’s Society had uncovered a situation which shamed the country and was totally unacceptable in 2017.
The Society today reports that at least 1,400 people look set to spend Christmas in hospital because the social care system is so starved of funding it cannot cope.
The Independent Care Group’s Chair Mike Padgham said: “This investigation by Alzheimer’s Society shames us as a country and is totally unacceptable.
“We, together with bodies like Alzheimer’s Society and many, many more, have been warning for a long time that the social care system was so chronically under-funded that older and vulnerable people, who deserve better, are not getting the care they need and suffering in this way.
“Government after government, including the current administration, have failed older and vulnerable adults by repeatedly ignoring social care and now we are seeing the result.
“We know that 1.2m are now living with unmet care needs and that number is growing daily. Care homes are closing and homecare providers are unable to deliver contracts because they are no longer viable.
“And yet the government reacts by ignoring social care in the Budget and putting off a Green Paper until next summer at the earliest. We need action right now to provide a proper quality of life to those 1,400 who will be in hospital when they should be elsewhere and the hundreds of thousands of others who aren’t getting the care they need.”