Mark Ellerby, Managing Director, Bupa Care Services, said: “Council chiefs are right to call on political parties to work together to plug the funding shortfall facing the social care sector. If the Government does not allocate additional money alongside the upcoming White Paper next month, thousands of frail and elderly people will be left isolated in their own homes or falling into NHS hospital beds at the point of crisis. The Government must prioritise the needs of elderly people who have no means to pay for their care in old age.”
Bupa is calling for the Government to:
- Urgently allocate an additional £1.7 billion, which must be ring-fenced for social care, to plug the current social care funding shortfall facing this Parliamentary term.
- Prioritise the needs of elderly people who have no assets (a home,savings or pension) to pay for their care in old age.
- Recognise that there will be long-term implications on the NHS if funding is not addressed because elderly people will have nowhere else toturn at the point of crisis.
About Bupa Care Services
- In the UK, Bupa Care Services is the second biggest care home provider.
- We have more than 300 nursing and residential care homes, where we look after over 18,000 people.
- Over 70% of our UK residents receive some form of state funding, either from Local Authorities or the NHS.
- Bupa Care Services employs over 27,000 people in the UK.
- Bupa is a leader in dementia care. Bupa’s unique ‘Person First, dementia second’ training has been specially developed by Bradford Dementia Group at the University of Bradford.
- We look after a further 10,000 people in care homes in Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
- For more information, visit www.bupa.co.uk/care-homes.