16 August 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the Government’s reported rethink about social care funding which would see a lifetime cap on care costs of £35,000 included in the Care and Support Bill.
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are pleased that the Government is considering a much-needed rethink on capping social care fees. This would limit the financial burden for people who have long-term social care needs. However a cap is only part of the solution to the country’s social care crisis.
“Macmillan will be expecting free social care at the end of life to remain a priority for the Government as the social care reforms progress. Supporting cancer patients to be cared for and die at home not only improves the quality of their lives, but also has the potential to save the NHS money.”
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