More than 50 health leaders are calling on the Prime Minister to take action to tackle the escalating crisis in care.
The petition, signed by more than 150,000 members of the public, urges Boris Johnson to end the “swingeing cuts” in social care that have left 1.4 million older people in England unable to get access to the care and support they need.
It comes after a similar petition was launched by Somerset Council this week, calling on the government to hold cross-party talks on social care funding before Christmas.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, NHS leaders welcome his commitment to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all” and call for cross-party talks to help deliver a more sustainable social care system, backed up by a long-term financial settlement.
It also proposes immediate funding increases in the upcoming one-year government spending review being conducted this Autumn to shore up services in the short-term, and “genuine long-term funding” alongside key reforms to deliver a solution for social care that lasts a generation or more.
The letter and petition have been organised by the NHS Confederation, which leads the Health for Care coalition of 15 national health organisations who have joined forces to make the case for social care.
Niall Dickson (pictured), chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The level of distress being experienced by hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people and their carers is now much greater and on a wider scale than at any time in living memory. This is a crisis and it has to be urgently addressed.
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s early commitment to find a solution. As our petition shows, the public recognise the human cost of inaction and they want this resolved. Successive governments have failed to address this issue – the new Government has a chance to put this right.”
Supporting the initiative, Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden said: “We welcome this timely intervention from NHS colleagues in Health for Care, backed by more than 150,000 members of the public, calling for a sustainable, long-term settlement for social care.
“Adult social care’s 18,500 organisations offering services and 1.49 million workers across England share those aspirations and are ready to make the significant changes needed in how we deliver services. We must recognise their skills, experience and commitment will always be central to delivering high quality services that will meet the needs of millions of our fellow citizens.”