A CHARITY worker has travelled to London to urge to Prime Minister to end the crisis of care for older people.
Sue Metcalf, assistant shop manager for Age UK, in Bakwell, visited to No.10 Downing Street to help deliver Age UK’s Care in Crisis petition, backed by more than 130,000.
The Bakewell shop collected around 1500 signatures for the petition from local shoppers who signed in support of Age UK’s calls to reform the current care and support system.
The petition, supported by the Care and Support Alliance – a consortium of over 65 organisations that represent and support older and disabled people - warns the Government that ‘care can’t wait’, echoing the voices and concerns of hundreds of thousands of people who desperately want and need the care system to change.
Sue delivered the petition alongside Tom Wright, group chief executive of Age UK, Simon Gillespie, chairman of the Care and Support Alliance, David Gower, a social care service user, and two other Age UK shop representatives who collected thousands of signatures from their local communities.
Sue Metcalf said: “We’re delighted to have collected 1500 signatures from local people in support of Age UK’s Care in Crisis petition, urging the Prime Minister David Cameron to end the care crisis in England.
“It really goes to show just how many people of all ages are concerned about how older people are cared for in later life.
“Older people have waited long enough for reform – any further delays in sorting out the care system will only condemn millions of vulnerable people to uncertainty, worry and financial insecurity, just at a time when they need to be looked after.
“Now that we have news of a draft bill, the Government must show its commitment to legislate as soon as possible.
“We can’t hold off on reforming the care system any longer.”
The petition after a group of 85 organisations including Age UK and other members of the Care and Support Alliance sent an open letter to David Cameron calling on him to make care reform ‘his personal mission, his lasting legacy to future generations’.
Age UK expects the petition to be debated in the House of Commons.