MPs are urged to end inaction on social care reform

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 03 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e12
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A coalition of experts has called on politicians of all parties to agree urgent reforms of adult social care in England, warning that the current system perpetuates “terrible” abuses.

More than 60 senior figures, including peers, independent advisers, representatives of health and social care organisations, charities, and faith groups, have written to the Daily Telegraph urging “fundamental and lasting reform” of a system that they say harms society, the economy, and the dignity of elderly and disabled people (

Signatories to the letter include Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the British Medical Association, Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, and representatives of the British Red Cross and leading health insurers.

In the letter, …

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