Government 'must end care crisis' with green paper

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has called on the government to bring an end to underfunding and inequality in over 50s long-term care with this week's green paper.

A new report published by the pensioner organisation entitled No More Suffering in Silence has outlined its expectations of the government report, including increased funding, an end to means-tested care and the improvement of pay for professional carers.

Dot Gibson, NPC general secretary, suggested that the green paper could play a fundamental role in improving a system which she claims currently sees many over 50s frozen out financially.

She said: "This is a once in a generation opportunity to treat the most vulnerable members of our society with dignity and respect, and the government must ensure that the green paper quickly becomes legislation."

Last month, over 50s charity Counsel and Care called for radical reform of the UK care system in order to make services more accessible and affordable to older people in need of support.

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