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Call for 'radical reform' of elderly care


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".

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