• News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:51 GMT, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 07:51 UK

Call for 'radical reform' of elderly care

Advertisement

Doctors and charities working with the elderly are warning the government that the system is "chronically underfunded".

Teresa Quinn, who cares for her mother at home, says she often tends to "feel unwell" as a result of the stress of looking after her mother 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Michelle Mitchell, of the charity Age UK, says the government must not "kick this issue into the long grass". The care system is in crisis, she says, with people facing a "loss of dignity and hope".

The government needs to "radically reform" the social care system, she believes, and not "tinker around the edges".


Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

SEE ALSO

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific