The Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust have published a report this month highlighting that elderly people are bearing the brunt of reduced public services. The report, ‘Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’ states that over the last five years, local authority support for older people and those with disabilities has seen an 11% reduction across the country.
The report recognises that when the NHS was founded in 1948, 48 per cent of the population died before the age of 65; that figure has now fallen to 14 per cent. By 2030, one in five people in England will be over 65. While many people are staying healthy and independent well into old age, as people age, they are progressively more likely to live with complex co-morbidities, disability and frailty.
Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy at the King’s Fund said: “Our research found that local authorities have done their best to make savings, while protecting funding for the poorest, but care providers are struggling on the low fees councils can afford. Shortages of home care staff and affordable care home places mean older people are often stuck in hospital, putting both their lives and vital NHS processes on hold. The number of older people needing care is increasing and yet we are continuing to put less money in.”
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