Andy Burnham has today announced that the next Labour government will introduce a powerful new package of rights and support for older people to transform care and help keep people healthy in their own home.
He has set out Labour’s better plan to improve the care of elderly people in stark contrast to the Tories’ failing plan, which includes:
- A commitment to end time-limited 15-minute visits by introducing new year-of-care budgets to incentivise better care and by tackling workforce exploitation in the social care sector, including strengthening the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage and banning exploitative zero-hours contracts.
Other key measures include:
- Vulnerable older people and those with complex needs will be entitled to a personalised care plan and a single, named point of contact for all of their care needs.
- A new system of ‘safety checks’ for vulnerable older people to identify risks to their health
- Those who are terminally ill with the greatest care needs will be given the right to be in their own home at the end of their life, with care provided on the NHS
- A new legal duty on NHS organisations to identify family carers and link them up with support
Elderly people deserve better care. Carers need a fair wage & an end to zero-hours contracts.
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