Lee Humber

Proposed social care plan 'worse than US Medicaid'

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The Tory social care funding plans aim to extend to care in your own home, charges which individuals already have to pay if they move into residential care.

As it stood before the election, anyone with assets over £23,250 had to pay the full cost of their care if they move to a care or nursing home. Care costs in homes are high, with one in ten older people spending more than £100,000 in their lifetimes; £700 per week for residential care or an average of £1,000 per week for a nursing home place.

Tory NHS spending is a bung to privatisers

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In the days following the publication of the Tory manifesto the Telegraph trumpeted “Tories pledge £8bn rise in NHS spending.” It added, “Conservatives would also triple the fees charged to migrants for using the NHS, to help raise more funds from overseas patients.”

The overt racism of this proposal shouldn’t surprise us. But what of the £8 billion pledge? The figure is over the course of the next government, so roughly £1.6 billion per year.

Care work in a neoliberal era

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How is it that vulnerable people can suffer abuse from people paid to look after them? Lee Humber argues that part of the answer lies in the ruthless profiteering infecting the care industry.

It’s four years since the physical and verbal abuse of people with learning disabilities living at the Winterbourne View home in Gloucestershire was exposed. An undercover documentary made by the BBC revealed sickening abuse secretly filmed by a journalist posing as a care worker. Staff at the home were subsequently jailed.

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