The Red Cross recently announced the NHS was in the midst of 'humanitarian crisis'. This is driven by the Conservative Government's £4.6 billion cuts to social care between 2009-2015 (£1.1bn of cuts if adjusted for the increased demand of an ageing population and inflation). Over this time 400,000 fewer people received social care support. This caused record levels of people being stuck in hospital (plunging NHS Trusts into financial crisis and harming patient health). Social care leaders said in 2016 that this year's savings will come from cutting services or reducing the personal budgets of people who receive care and support.
Despite a long-overdue increasing in funding this year, the care sector is still in crisis. It has a 25% staff turnover, carers are forced to dangerously administer medicines and use medical equipment, and seeing more and more people per day for ever shorter visits.
Vote Labour to protect vulnerable people, and because any of us can get sick, any of us could need social care and so many us can't afford to fund it privately - can you? #GE2017 #8thJune