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PM to make care fairer

12th May 2008

The Prime Minister has vowed to overhaul the social care system for people in the UK in the next two decades.

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In a speech to the King's Fund, Gordon Brown warned that the system faces a £6 billion deficit in the next 20 years.

A burgeoning elderly population is predicted to cause increased pressure on the social care system.

The system of social care in Scotland allows patients care without charge. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland patients are given care according to their personal circumstances.

His words come at the beginning of a half-year public consultation which aims to make the service "fairer and affordable".

Predictions estimate that in the next 20 years 25% of people in the UK will be aged over 65.

Mr Brown said he wanted to improve how the NHS and social services worked together and to help people prepare for the costs they might face as they aged.

"This is an issue at the heart of our ambition to create a fairer Britain," he said. "It is essential that in future there is fairness for those who work hard and save for their retirement."

Health secretary Alan Johnson made an announcement to tie in with Mr Brown's speech. He introduced a £31 million pilot scheme which will try out new technology which monitors patients' health.

 

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