As a person who is 66 later this year, I do not regard as inevitable my health and circumstances necessarily putting a strain on health and social care services.If older people do need any such support, then the services should already be in place to avoid ‘strain’.It is government will and commitment to the people that should ensure adequate services: as Phil refers to census information, the Government (and anyone else) should be aware of the situation and the trends.As a child, I was taught in temporary classrooms and generally poor conditions, giving me an inadequate education because the Government/Civil Service number-crunchers could not get things right for the post-war baby boom.The facts are there to be used, and if I and others have an appalling retirement from lack of health and social care (and inadequate pension!), then it is governments that are responsible.
I have joined the National Pensioners Convention, and there is a new branch in Chesterfield, to push for pensioners’ rights and prevent their erosion (‘Dignity, Respect and Security’) and help make sure we are not let down in the future.The concern that Phil has about the strain should not occur, should not be an issue, if governments addressed the issues they know are there.
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