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Nurses Back Call For MPs To Work Together To Reform Social Care

Welcoming the publication of the Health Select Committee report on Social Care, Janet Davies, Executive Director of Nursing and Service Delivery at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said:

“Nurses have told us that they would prefer a comprehensive model of funding – the only option where everybody would pay collectively for social care, sharing the risk equally and fairly. We also echo the Committee’s call for further debate on funding care from taxation.”

“The current social care system is confusing and bewildering, with people unclear about how care is funded and a care ‘lottery’ operating across the country. It is vital that political parties work together to develop a fairer care service which is fit for purpose for generations to come.

“Investment in community services and community nursing will be key to providing a high quality social care service when reform takes place. Greater investment in preventative health measures is also needed to help people stay independent for as long as possible.”

On 8th October 2009 the RCN launched an online consultation asking members for their views on the future of the social care system in England. From the online survey 1447 members responded, which informed the RCN’s response to the Green Paper. The consultation was carried out to gauge members’ views on the Green Paper and does not constitute RCN policy.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

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