Social care representative body The Independent Care Group (ICG) has sent out an open letter inviting the leaders of the three main political parties to debate the ongoing crisis in care.
Ahead of the December 12 General Election, ICG’s chair, Mike Padgham (pictured), penned an open letter to Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson calling for a chance to debate the issue at the group’s conference in York.
The letter reads: “We, at the Independent Care Group, and many social care providers across the country, are willing to support you: to liaise, to advise, to do whatever it takes to ensure our aging population can live with dignity and self-respect.
“Pick up the mantle. Come and join us. This is your chance to speak to the people about something that touches us all, and that is not about Brexit. I invite you to come and talk: your physical presence, as well as your words, will show the country that you care about us, the people, not just economics.”
During the care provider’s annual conference in York, Padgham reaffirmed his stance that the time to act on social care had come.
He said: “Today is a rallying call. It is about sending a very clear message to politicians that social care is in crisis. It is about telling them that this cannot go on any longer. 1.5m people not getting the care they need. Providers failing.
“This General Election has to be the catalyst for saving social care – we might not have another opportunity for a long, long time.”
Earlier this year, Padgham wrote a letter to Boris Johnson, urging him to stick to his word on tackling the social care crisis, something the Prime Minister has promised to do.