Prime minister calls for major consultation on social care

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1095
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

Gordon Brown has announced a major consultation on the way social care is provided in England and how best to ensure suitable provision of care for the growing number of elderly people.

“We expect two million more people to have care and support needs in 20 years’ time,” he told a meeting on Monday at the healthcare charity the King’s Fund in London.

The Department of Health says that by 2028 a quarter of the adult population in England will be aged over 65 years and that the number of people aged over 85 will have doubled.

“Quite rightly, people’s expectations have risen in recent years,” Mr Brown said. “A generation of older …

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