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Vulnerable people can’t access free care because of where they live

Consumer group Which? has released a report on who gets social care for free in the UK and why.

Consumer group Which? has released a report on who gets social care for free in the UK and why.

Turns out it's largely to do with your postcode: vulnerable people can be up to 25 times less likely to get their costs covered, if they live in an area with high 'efficiency' targets – in other words, an area that's been told not to spend much money on health.

What it means:
Organisations called 'Clinical Commissioning Groups' are responsible for planning and commissioning healthcare in their local areas. Across the UK, they're expected to be spending £855 million less than they do right now, under targets imposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Social care patients are, in part, paying the price. People who have complex medical conditions can apply to get the cost of care funded by the NHS, but it's dependent on where they live (not what they can afford, for example). That leads to some serious inequalities across local areas: people in Stockport are seven times less likely to get funding than those in Ilford, and people in Richmond are three times more likely than those in Ealing.

People are getting charged 'surprise bills' of up to £100,000, for care they thought the NHS covered, because they live in an area with low support. Older people are resorting to selling their homes to pay the price (if they've got a home to sell, that is.)

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  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?