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Social care needs NHS-style funding model, urges RCN activist

Let's look back to start of NHS and do the same for social care, nurse tell congress

A funding model similar to the one that created the NHS is needed for social care in the UK, a nurse said.

Audrey Simpson of Greater Glasgow RCN branch proposed a motion calling on the RCN to lobby political parties for a ‘fair and sustainable funding for social care’ at the annual congress in Belfast.

‘We are an ageing population, so the number of individuals requiring complex social care will continue to increase,’ she said.

‘Unlike healthcare, social care is not universally free at the point of delivery, so care is means-tested and funding varies across the four countries.’

Complex, vulnerable and frail

Ms Simpson added: ‘It is imperative all political parties stop playing games and set aside partisan views – we need them to have the guts

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