Dr Jason Pandya-Wood, Sleaford and North Hykeham’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate, will this weekend call on local residents to back a campaign to ‘care about care’ following recent revelations about the growing crisis in social care.
Jason is taking action following his doorstep conversations with people in the constituency and the national revelations that over 209,000 care visits to older people lasted just five minutes.
News of the visiting times followed publication of research by the Resolution Foundation that found around 160,000 care workers are paid below the minimum wage when travel time is taken into account.
Dr Pandya-Wood said: “The social care crisis is this country’s biggest hidden scandal. It comes up time and time again on the doorstep as a number one issue for carers and those who receive care.
“Older people, often very frail, rely on care workers to help them get up, wash, eat and provide companionship - things that are impossible to do properly in the 15 minute visits that 70 per cent of councils allow, let alone 5 minutes.
“Local authorities are at breaking point. They have seen their social care budgets stripped by £3.5 billion.
“As a son and grandson, I would not tolerate this for my family. Why should we tolerate it for others?”
Dr Pandya-Wood will be in the constituency on Saturday asking people to sign a petition calling for:
Giving time to care: an end to inappropriate ‘drive by’ care visits.
Better support for the 12,833 family carers living in Sleaford and North Hykeham.
A commitment to ensuring that care workers are paid for travel time and are appropriately trained.
He will present the findings from local research and the petition to Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Social Care.