Responding to the research by Age UK showing that more than 50,000 older people have now died waiting in vain for care during the 700 days since the Government first said it would publish a Social Care Green Paper, Former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“These figures are tragic for many families and the stories of some of those who have been impacted should give many in government and across politics pause for thought.
“People are turning for help in their old age and help is not there. Despite the crisis in adult social care the Conservatives are consistently and consciously underfunding these services and the social care green paper promised in March 2017 has now been delayed six times.
“The Conservative Government is incapable of solving this problem themselves. They must now work with other parties to achieve a genuine long term, sustainable settlement for the NHS and social care.
“Liberal Democrats would put a penny on income tax and directly invest funds in social care. We will also keep making the case for a new, dedicated NHS and care tax to guarantee a modern, effective and efficient NHS and care system which will be there for our loved ones when they need it.”
Nick Coates, who is also a Trustee of a local charitable residential and nursing care home, added:
"Councils do not have enough money to fund social care. So they are squeezing the care home sector who, being committed to good care, are doing their best within limited means, but the system is a breaking point. And Brexit adds a further strain."