Social care crisis hitting poorest areas hardest, analysis reveals

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New analysis has revealed growing inequalities in health and social care provision in the UK.

Research by the Sunday Mirror shows that poorer areas have lost almost 44% of their care home beds since 2015 while some wealthier areas have seen a 70% increase.

The figures reveal that the poorest parts 10% of the country have lost an average of 9% of social care beds since 2015 while the richest 10% have seen a 9% increase.

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London and the North West were the areas with the biggest declines with Walthamstow in East London losing 44% of its beds. In stark contrast, mid-Bedfordshire saw a 70% increase in its beds.

Jayne Connery, from Care Campaign for the Vulnerable, said: “When we support people towards the South West they get far greater support, while in the North West they struggle more. It’s not a fair outcome. Simply, we need a government that actually prioritises elderly social care.”

Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, added: “The current underfunded system means many people are forced to go without care or are given no choice but to leave the area they have lived in for years to find a suitable care home. This is yet another damning indictment of Boris Johnson and his out of touch crony ministers.”

The DHSC has been asked for comment.


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