Bold NHS Chief Executive ?

The Government is shortly supposed to be coming up with a Green Paper on Social Care.  The aim of the paper is to resolve the current and future funding crisis in Social Care related to the ever-growing numbers of older people.  This is a recurring issue which politicians regularly approach and then back away from.  It constantly gets put in the “too difficult” box.  For now Brexit has absorbed most of the headlines and the politicians’ attention.  But the issue of older peoples’ care just won’t go away.

I have been writing about it ever since I started this blog.  You can see many of my earlier posts by clicking on “CARE FUNDING” in the TOPICS list.

Now at least the penny seems to have dropped with somebody with a louder voice than mine.  Mr Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, raised a radical proposal with the House of Commons Select Committee on Long Term Funding of Adult Social Care.  His proposal was that we should tax the homes of elderly people to fund the growing social care bill.  This is something that I have long advocated.

The context of Mr Stevens’ evidence to the Committee was that there was large scale bed blocking in the NHS.  Around 18,000 people have been stuck in hospital for 21 days or more.   This amount to 1 in 5 of all NHS beds or the equivalent of taking 36 hospitals out of action.

The elderly will never vote for this and since many of them are Conservative voters, neither will the Tory party propose it.  On the other hand, if the Labour party gets into power, I doubt they would have the courage to adopt such a radical proposal.  Therefore we are left with a political stalemate.

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3 Responses to Bold NHS Chief Executive ?

  1. davidfreeman says:

    I need time and a clear head to fully understand actually-”What is being said” and what is more how will it be implemented??? I have initially a feeling of ”BAH-Humbug”

  2. davidfreeman says:

    Well I am stunned, not into silence but seething emotions! Basically the government are thinking up schemes to tax the elderly for care [Health and mental] and housing.
    The idea is not revolutionary? I am a child born in 1942, and I have been educated and then protected by the state: health-wise, and helped to find re-employment in an earlier working life. Reflecting on my education and care/welfare, I have been able with my wife to raise a family, earn a living, and then save and provide for my wife I in retirement. We do not have fistful of money/assets, to now in retirement throw around on the family and pay any surcharges taxes the state may request for care and welfare.
    Rationale thoughts
    I now wish to bore you the reader as to my beliefs and reasons in my present frame of mind attributed to my past and influences, such as education, family, working life, and my present life period, as a retired person and voter.
    My thoughts for your consideration;my grandparents had and fought and served this country in WWI [1914-18]., brought up families in the times of the 1920’s – 30’s which witnessed a worldwide economic slump, and associated hard times for all.
    Our parents {my wife and I] as children had to witness the slump and again serve this country {UK} during WWII: They then had family and brought us up in the 1950’s and 60’s.
    The voting public after WWII had democratically decided to help the surviving population of the UK from WWII, with sociable;l decisions, such as health [NHS] and a review and update of the social welfare policies within the UK.
    We as a nation and empire fought the two world wars with our brethren from the empire, and political allies in both wars. As a nation we were defended by our younger generation at that time. Due to death losses in warfare and to some extent the financial secondary effects of the general slump, we had no working population to service our financial sectors and industry.
    The observations are??? and a question for you all? Did the UK especially after WWII have a preponderance of elderly citizens.
    Now we come to a generation Luther on in time [40 years-1990], and with no worldwide wars conflicts demanding young persons to die on such a large scale. From this assumption of mine [correct or not?], so by the 1990’s and too date 2018 we have a large population that have, are and will reach the official retirement age of 65+ and beyond the official date of retirement age with ease and in good health! Yet again since the 1950’s and the inception of the national health service, and social policies pursues since the 1950,s we have citizens with physical and mental issues also attaining old age 60+ and may be exceeding state pensionable age of 65 with the vast investments and improvements in bodily and mental science issues.
    Leaving the only questions of death and a working life span.
    WE have now in 2018 reached the political position where we have as a nation are required to consider the following:
    1/- Mass employment for majority of the educated UK Population: whether in finance, service, health and welfare, education, and manufacturing.
    2/- Can we offer to those over 65+ on a large scale
    3/- Does the UK require or need mass immigration to both service and care the UK Population, and add to the financial wealth of the UK
    These problems which are what we all must consider as citizens whether elderly or of a working age group, as VOTERS.
    I feel what the media has portrayed since the 1960’s is the emphasis on ‘’What One Can Get Out’’ of the government. In respect of developments in the NHS [health and mental] and the social care budget I am confused??
    My state education, working life and family influences have always educated, taught and guided me to be as far as possible responsible and independent! To undertake ones tasks with integrity, and when one does require the state in difficult times may support one and ones’ family.
    Having grown up and lived a life, and now in 2018, after having too had budget, and now living off a fixed pension income I find it difficult to accept that I must be prepared to pay an imposed tax, and in my late 70’s to help a policy of housing/care[Mental and physical] for the elderly directly.
    This should be directed at the younger generation, working age group and the government policy makers to ensure that taxes paid for the elderly are just that and ring fenced! Not deposited into a common pool of monies at the time of payment.
    PS I ask should the government have a statutory account for old age that is allocated personally to each contributor/payee, which can only be withdrawn/paid as a state pension age or on death while as a resident within the UK.

  3. davidfreeman says:

    conclusion point 2/- should read’2/- Can we offer to those over 65+ on a large scale employment’, not just volunteering tasks

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