coffeeking - Member
Nick - the problem with that is it needs to be paid for now - not in 40 years time. So funding is need now. Also all the national insurance is already spent on things
Ahh, so bad planning and preparation by the current government?
Nope - bad planning adn delivery from many goverments since the 60s.
I started work in Care of the elderly in the 70s - virtually all provision was done by the state - either residential homes run by local government or NHS care. With the aging poulation this was increasingly under strain and underprovisioned. thatchers tory government took the decision that private care in the form of nursing homes should be the norm - paid for by the patients with state funds available for those who could not afford to pay. This leads to the sale of houses to pay for vcare.
Some advantages in this - the NHS care was somewhat "one size fits all" and successive regulatory regimes have improved standards in the private homes all single room en suite now for example. You never got that in the NHS
unfortunately for the last 20 years there has been huge pressure on costs as the state fees paid have not kept up with costs. This has led to downward pressure on wages meaning recruitment and retention of staff has become very difficult and thus quality of care has started to suffer.
No political party will grasp this nettle - quality care costs, it has to be paid for from somewhere and any funding solution is unfair on someone.