Gordon has teamed up with disability charity Leonard Cheshire to highlight their #MakeCareFair campaign for good quality social care and end the rushed 15 minute personal care visits.
He attended an event in Parliament where they told him over 12,000 people across the country were still receiving “flying” 15-minute personal care visits. Gordon said people in Blackpool were being deprived of dignified and compassionate care because of chronic underfunding by the Government on social care.
He said: “I was delighted to join Leonard Cheshire Disability in support of their #MakeCareFair campaign. I shared caring responsibilities for my mother so access to proper care is an issue I feel very strongly about. In Blackpool we have an older population and more people with disabilities than most other towns and cities.
“We have over 15,000 people aged over 65 in Blackpool South, and for those among that group who find that they progressively need care and support, there are a considerable number that live in single- person households and have no close family or friends nearby to support them. That means reliance on good quality, trained social carers is crucial. But all too often inadequate funding streams puts their dedicated contact time at risk.”
“This is a challenge for Adult Social Services in Blackpool to monitor and make sure that this does not become the norm. But this Government must live up to their responsibilities and take action over these flying visits.
“No one in Blackpool should have to experience rushed and undignified care. They rob too many people of their dignity but are a symptom of the chronic underfunding by Government in care. Trying to load all the responsibility onto local councils to make up that funding with increases in council tax is short- sighted and an abdication of Government responsibility.”
Gordon and Leonard Cheshire have consistently campaigned for an end to the rushed 15 minute personal care visits, as well as working together on other disability issues. Flying visits in England continue despite statutory guidance within the Care Act 2014, which came into force in April 2015 stating: “short home-care visits of 15 minutes or less are not appropriate for people who need support with intimate care needs.”
Neil Heslop, Leonard Cheshire’s Chief Executive added: ‘‘Inadequate flying visits are indicative of a care system in crisis and coupled with PIP shortcomings have rendered disabled people an increasingly embattled, beleaguered community, singled out for punitive measures. We will continue to campaign for the critical long term funding that is needed to transform the provision of care and improve the quality of thousands of lives.”