Posted on 18/01/2013

Could Young People Miss Out in Healthcare Reforms?

Could Young People Miss Out in Healthcare Reforms?

Will younger disabled people miss out in healthcare reforms?

A survey of younger people with disabilities has found a shocking £1.2bn funding gap in the provision of basic care for younger people with disabilities. This revelation has prompted a group of charities to come together to raise awareness of the situation ahead of the government’s healthcare reforms, which are due this year.

At a time when there is a great deal of press about pensions and the impact of health reforms on an aging population, the study showed that disabled people under 65 are already suffering. Of the 600 people asked, almost 40% were not getting the support they needed for basic tasks such as eating, washing and dressing. And once universal standards are introduced as part of the reforms, there are real concerns that councils that are not currently rationing their care may have to tighten their criteria, making the situation even worse. There are already 90,000 fewer people getting help today than there were in 2008, as councils tighten their budgets.

The charities, which include Mencap, Scope and the National Autistic Society, have all asked the government to think again, taking into account the plight of younger disabled people. Richard Hawkes, the Chief Executive of Scope described the study as: “shocking evidence of a system that has failed disabled people,” while Mencap’s Mark Goldring said that the figures were: “Unforgivable,” adding that the government could not ignore the evidence.

At Nottingham Rehab Supplies, we work hard to keep our prices as low as possible, so that we can offer support with basic living to as many disabled people as possible, young or old. With disabled aids and our help you can supplement the care you receive from the health system and the state to raise your quality of life and make those every day tasks that little bit easier.

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