National Health Service

Part of Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:33 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1:33 pm, 21st January 2015

I said that I am going to make progress.

Today’s Age UK survey finds that the number of over-65s receiving care has fallen by 380,000 under this Government. Half of the 1 million people who struggle to wash or bathe now get no help at all. Two thirds of the 250,000 people who struggle to feed themselves every day are now left to fend for themselves. There are over 100,000 fewer day care places and over 50,000 fewer people getting meals on wheels. Age UK says:

“Our state-funded social care system is in calamitous, quite rapid decline.”

But worse, it is dragging down the NHS.