Andy Burnham: 'Social care system is close to collapse'

On care of older people, the gap gets ever wider between Ministers' rhetoric and the reality on the ground.

Severe cuts to council budgets mean services and standards are getting worse by the day, as an ITV investigation showed on Wednesday night. The social care system is close to collapse.

The reality is some the most vulnerable people in our society are facing cruel 'dementia taxes' as council care charges spiral ever higher.

The Government has failed to face up to this and brought an end to the cross-party talks on care.

– Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary

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£50m dementia care pledge

The Health Secretary will outline details on his pledge to invest £50 million to help hospitals and care homes create more dementia-friendly environments. It comes as the Alzheimer's Society warns that sufferers should plan end-of-life care.