Home-based care cuts 'a dangerous move'

11 June 2012

Healthcare of the elderly in the UK is being put at risk due to the government's decision to cut back on the levels of home-based care provided across the country.

The British Red Cross has deemed the decision as being a 'dangerous' move and said it could end up costing the nation billions of pounds to cover the health services bill.

In a survey carried out by the well-known charity, it was deemed that older people are finding themselves more isolated when it comes to everyday living.

The poll, which involved 200 GPs being questioned, also highlighted that many medical professionals are concerned at the lack of social care support being provided in the UK at the moment.

Furthermore, more than two-thirds (80 per cent) of the 2,200 members of the public surveyed believe the country's healthcare standards are dropping.

Commenting on the benefits of home-based care, Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, noted: "The practical and emotional support these services offer often makes the difference between coping or not, between independence or desperation, and between remaining healthy for as long as possible or rapidly deteriorating into crisis."

The survey comes soon after government ministers outlined plans to introduce a TripAdvisor-style rating system for hospitals across the UK.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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