The Lib Dems held a highly successful discussion on Social Care on 28th January 2023 in Weedon. Many Northampton members and supporters couldn’t get to that event, so have asked us to repeat it in Northampton.
Date: Thursday 13 July
Venue: Cheyne Walk Club, Cheyne Walk, Northampton NN1 5PU
We all know that there is something wrong with our current system for people who have care and support needs. Some of us have first-hand experience: our loved ones may have needed a little help in their own homes, or a temporary bed with nursing following a stay in hospital, or permanent residential end of life support. Governments have promised to fix the system and failed. Hospital beds are occupied by patients no longer needing intensive nursing. We have seen TV footage of sick patients in lying on trolleys in corridors and ambulances queuing to discharge new patients. We have heard of desperate situations where 999 calls are not answered in time. Short-term solutions seem hard to come by. Should Social Care and the NHS be managed and funded together?
But with an aging population, how should society pay for our social care needs?
We should also discuss employment, training and proper rewards for carers as well as nurses. And there should be clear options for people who are planning their future care needs.
Presentations by experts and people with experience of the sector:
David Garlick – formerly care manager with Northants County Council
Jill Hope Parliamentary Candidate Northampton South
Martin Sawyer Parliamentary Candidate Northampton North