In response to the changes to social care provision by Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What these changes ultimately mean is that only the more severe cases will have access to services and that based on means testing people will have to pay and pay more for their care
“I have real concerns and fears about where we are heading with the future of social care services. Council budgets are being cut, people’s incomes are being squeezed, costs are rising; we have an ageing population that is living longer. This is placing massive pressure on the social care services. We see bedblocking figures increasing rapidly, which is one sign of people being admitted to hospital for treatment when social care is more appropriate but not available. Only this week, I have been sent a copy of a letter to the Prime Minister which makes it clear that the money being paid to care homes has been cut by local authorities to such an extent that the homes are struggling to stay open.
“We need to find a real long-term solution for how we provide social care services. We can’t allow a situation in which only the wealthy or the destitute can get access to these essential services. Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity in their old age, whatever the condition of their mental or physical wellbeing. In a civilised society, it is simply not acceptable to fail our older people. After all we are a civilised society.”