Care for the Elderly

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2012 National Retired Members Conference
20 June 2012
Carried as Amended

Given the increasing numbers of elderly people in the next 35 years who will need residentail and/or nursing care, Conference is dismayed at the apparent complacency of successive Governments to tackle this issue. Polls indicate that 82% support the concept that everyone should pay for this care through general taxation, a policy which UNISON supports. Yet there is no indication that Government will grasp this particular nettle.

The National Health Service provides free health care and yet very little support is given to those in old age who need residential and/or nursing care and whose needs arise through no fault of their own.

Conference calls upon the National Retired Members Committee to urge Government to give a greater priority tp this issue, respecting the dignity of elderly people and ensuring that sufficient funding is made available.