UK health and care experts call for National Care Service at NPC emergency online summit

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Link to the full NPC Older People’s Day Webinar on YouTube:

Leading health and care experts told how the Covid-19 pandemic has ‘accelerated’ the multiple problems facing the UK’s ailing care system at a special NPC webinar summit for Older People’s Day.

The National Pensioners’ Convention event (1st October 2020) brought the specialists together to discuss the NPC report, ‘Goodbye Cinderella: Time for A New Settlement for Care Services’ which calls for a fully funded, and free at the point of need National Care Service (NCS).

In a full and frank debate, the webinar panel of NPC General Secretary Jan Shortt, Professor David Oliver, Visiting Fellow at the King’s Fund and NHS consultant in Geriatrics and Acute General Medicine, and Dr Jean Hardiman-Smith, Chair of the NPC Health and Social Care Committee, led an impassioned discussion of the issues facing the care sector.

Professor Oliver – a working physician on the frontline of the fight against Covid, who wrote the Introduction to the NPC report, Goodbye Cinderella - summed up the views of many speakers on the impact of years of neglect suffered by the system.