Health and social care funding must be urgently tackled
We have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for a cross-party approach to finding funding solutions for health and social care.
Everyone will have seen the disturbing reports over the last few days about unprecedented problems in the NHS – poor conditions, soaring demand for services and record numbers of people stuck in hospital because there is no social care package in place for them.
People living with a terminal illness are one of the groups seriously affected by this – there is often no need for them to be in hospital when they may desperately want to be at home. But if the right care and support at home isn’t there, they may not have that option.
These problems haven’t just come out of nowhere in recent weeks. They’re the result of long-term funding problems for health and social care that we must now tackle to the best of our ability as a country.
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Along with 75 other organisations and leading voices from the sector, we have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for a cross-party approach to finding funding solutions.
Why is this important? Just as these problems weren’t created overnight, or by any one Prime Minister, government or political party, so any solution will need to be taken on, delivered and sustained over the longer term, beyond the lifetime of one government.
Of course the government must take urgent action now to alleviate the pain and distress people are experiencing now in communities across the UK. But that is likely to involve short-term fixes. Only involvement and support from across the political spectrum will deliver a genuinely long-term solution.
We, and our fellow signatories, are not recommending what this cross-party process should look like – that’s up to the government. But as well as involving all political parties, it should prioritise listening to the public and professionals who use and work in these services every day.
And it should happen without any further delay.
You can help by telling the Prime Minister you want her to act on the recommendations in our letter. Sign the petition now.