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Elderly healthcare rights to be reviewed

The Department of Health is to review all eligibility criteria that governs older and disabled people's right to receive healthcare services.

The move comes after a report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) stated that healthcare for elderly people in the UK is conducted at the whim of a postcode lottery.

Commenting on the report, UNISON National Secretary for local government said: “The elderly and disabled are among the most vulnerable people in our community, it is shocking to think many will have to develop a life threatening condition before their local council will provide social care.

“This report highlights that those who need help with day-to-day tasks such as washing up or getting up in the morning may be denied care.

“It is clear to UNISON that homecare needs better funding, and local councils need to focus on recruiting staff. Boosting staff recruitment and retention in these very areas would cut down on long-term costs and provide quality of care in the community.”

Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis said he wants to see an end to the “no help here” culture that is creeping into parts of the care system.

He adds: “There will always be a need for a national social care framework, but the existing system is leaving too many families on their own and runs the risk of damaging our commitment to support older and disabled people to live independently.”

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