PUBLIC MEETING ON ZOOM on MONDAY 20th MARCH 6.30 – 8pm
A fair deal for carers now!
Join us to lift the lid on the situation of an estimated 8 million carers, struggling to fill massive holes in health and social care with almost no support at all
Hear from carers, politicians, carers’ organisations and campaigners. Discuss what can be done to raise an outcry for radical change now
John McDonnell, MP Hayes & Harlington, Chair Labour Carers’ Group
Jo Walton, Full time family carer, ESCaD Steering Group
Jane Caygill, Member of Labour Carers’ Group
Paul Ridley, Member of Labour Carers’ Group
Judy Downey, NPC
Will Fremont-Brown, Archbishop’s Commission on Social Care
End Social Care Disgrace is campaigning for a national care, support and independent living service (NaCSILS). It is a unique alliance seeking to bring together disabled and older people, unpaid carers, health campaigners, care and support workers and trade unions to put Social Care in the Spotlight and pursue radical change. Keep Our NHS Public is fully committed to the campaign and Tony O’Sullivan, KONP’s co-chair, chairs the End Social Care Disgrace Campaign steering group. Find out more about the campaign at its website nacsils.co.uk
We are demanding that care and support should be publicly provided, universally available and free at the point of use as initially intended for the NHS. However we also believe that a change in ownership is not sufficient. Just getting the market out and calling for a national CARE service will not suffice. Current provision is often deeply institutionalised, rooted in a medical model, focused almost entirely on trying to meet people’s basic physical needs and delivered within a protectionist welfare model of “doing to”, where those drawing on services are not regarded as full agents and equal members of society.
➤ NEW ARTICLE
Ten things wrong with Barclay and Whately’s social care plans to give the NHS £200m to buy beds in care homes, hotels, hospices and independent hospitals
Gilda Peterson writes
Difficulties discharging over thirteen thousand patients safely are slowing the flow through hospitals while being stuck in hospital when you don’t need medical care is both mentally and physically harmful. People risk picking up hospital acquired infections, muscle loss and impaired mobility, reduced confidence and independence skills. So what’s not to like about Barclay’s plan? Sadly quite a lot…
Read whole article here
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We are calling for the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities ( UNCRPD ) to be embedded in UK legislation and for a root and branch re- imagining of what support is provided, working in equal partnership with disabled and older people, families, workers and communities.
We are also joining up with other organisations to resist the current massive attack on the cost of living. Disabled and older people who bore the brunt of Covid, now face a triple onslaught from rising fuel and food costs, declining real income and increased charges for support, as councils try to claw back every penny they can from disabled people’s benefits. This is adding to their impoverishment and increasing exclusion as many people see their support shrink or feel forced to give up vital support in order to sustain ordinary activities, like meeting up with family. Meanwhile about 8 million family carers including 800,000 children struggle to fill the gaps with little or no help at all.
This is NOT RIGHT, NOT SAFE, NOT FAIR !
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Order our free postcards for your stalls, protest, events over the next month by emailing a delivery address to [email protected] or texting 07419 295754.
- Share the pdf or jpegs on social media – download pdf download jpg 1 and jpg 2
- Write to councillors and candidates in the local elections using the template letter and briefing doc on the NaCSILS campaign website https// : www.nacils.org.uk and
- Speak up for better pay and conditions for care and support workers as well as NHS staff
- Support the NaCSILS campaign, become a supporter, affiliate your branch or organisation and donate if you can https://nacsils.co.uk/donate-to-nacsils/