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Jane Bates: Not a soul to call on

It is not just older people who have no friends or family to call on in times of need, says Jane Bates. 
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It is not just older people who have no friends or family to call on in times of need, says Jane Bates

‘I did have a friend once, but we lost touch…’

We nurses come across some sad situations. Often, we have to pull up our emotional drawbridges, or else we would not be able to function. But what breaks my heart are those with no family or friends they can call on in times of trouble.

In a different world entirely, I heard some pundits and politicians debating bed-blocking and the lack of social care, and found myself giving our television set another verbal battering. One commentator suggested that unless taxes were raised, families would have to take on the care of their elderly and/or infirm.

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