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MPs warn of crisis in social care

Only half think the green paper will improve standards of care provision

Three out of five politicians say people in their constituencies are suffering because of cuts to social care, with three quarters saying there is a crisis in care in England.

The ComRes poll, commissioned by the NHS Confederation, also found two thirds (65%) of MPs said the number of people in their constituencies coming to them with concerns over social care has increased during their time in office, with nearly half (46%) saying it has increased significantly.

Concern was highest among MPs in the north of England where two thirds (62%) of MPs strongly agreed that their constituents are suffering because of cuts to care.

The poll suggests there is little faith among MPs that the green paper will improve standards of social care provision – only half (49%) agreed it will.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, warned that the scandal of social care is leaving record numbers of vulnerable people to struggle every day without the basic care and support they need.

He said millions of family carers are exhausted and at the end of their tether.

“The social care system needs urgent funding and support in the short-term and a long-term solution delivered as part of the next Spending Review,” he added. “Now is the time for MPs of all parties to work together to agree a solution that ends the unfairness faced by thousands of people every day.”