Opinion: From our Readers - National care service is key for ageing society

The piece by Luke Blair on care for older people (Opinion, 31 July) very much chimes with the views of many of us who campaign to get better care and support for this growing group in society.

The social care funding green paper Shaping the Future of Care Together sets out some bold new proposals and plans to create a National Care Service. Placing social care at the top of the agenda in this way is key if we are to ensure that future cohorts of older people are able to get the care and support they need. Politicians of all parties should work together in the national care debate to build a consensus around tackling one of the biggest issues facing our ageing society.

We need to remember that it will be several years before any proposals become a reality, but older people and their families face a growing care crisis today. It is therefore crucial that local authorities and primary care trusts work together now, as set out in the green paper, to make the current care system better by delivering both preventative and personalised care.

Stephen Burke, chief executive, Counsel and Care.

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