Issued: March 21 2018
MP supports disability charity's #MakeCareFair campaign
PICTURE: A picture of Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing with Ray Lang can be downloaded HERE
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing joined the Leonard Cheshire disability charity at a parliamentary event to highlight its #MakeCareFair campaign for good quality social care and an end to rushed 15-minute personal care visits which can deprive people of dignified and compassionate care.
More than 12,000 people are still receiving ‘flying’ 15-minute personal care visits across England, according to Freedom of Information requests by Leonard Cheshire, a leading disability charity.
Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to join Leonard Cheshire Disability in support of their #MakeCareFair campaign. These 15-minute personal care visits rob too many people of their dignity and are completely unacceptable."
The charity has long campaigned against the use of 15-minute personal care visits to support people with basic needs such as washing, dressing and eating. These can deprive people of dignified and compassionate care.
Leonard Cheshire's chief executive Neil Heslop said: "As we approach the long-awaited government green paper on social care, the situation is tough in the sector.
"Inadequate flying visits are indicative of a care system in crisis and coupled with PIP shortcomings have rendered disabled people an increasingly embattled, beleaguered community, singled out for punitive measures.
"We will continue to campaign for the critical long term funding that is needed to transform the provision of care and improve the quality of thousands of lives."