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Demand for family caregivers will exceed supply by 2017, think tank predicts

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2938 (Published 25 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2938
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The number of elderly people in England who need care will outstrip the number of adult children who are able to provide it for the first time in 2017 and will grow steeply after that, a think tank has predicted. Without concerted action to tackle this “family care gap,” pressure on hospital emergency departments and inpatient beds is likely to increase as more older people slip into crisis without the day care they need, it warns.

By 2017 England will have 20 000 elderly people who need more than 20 hours a week of care (intense care) but no family member to care for them, the report from the Institute for Public Policy Research has said.1

By 2030, more than a million people aged 65-74 years will not have children, …

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