We anticipate that when, in April next year, the NHS and Community Care Bill comes into force, chaos will ensue. Ill-prepared and under-funded local authority social service departments will struggle to provide inexpensive packages of care. It will only be months before the first stories of lingering death appear in the press, and as the numbers in need grow, the national stock of beds will decline, due to a new and unworkable contract culture that will close large numbers of residential and nursing homes.
Perhaps we do live too long, perhaps the cost of care is prohibitive, but surely to cull the population by neglect is not acceptable in a society as affluent as ours.
GEOFFREY C. ATKINSON
Occupational Benevolent Funds
Ascot, BerkshireReuse content