Disappointed it only starts in 1997, with no mention of the cause of the problem in the first place : Thatcher’s reforms which created the false dichotomy of health v social care. The private sector took over most of the ‘social’ aspects of care and the NHS and Social Services budgets were cut.
If you can’t do your own personal care you get ill.
If you can’t shop, clean your house you get ill.
If you suffer loneliness and isolation you get ill.
The availability of social security benefits to top-up care costs under the first Thatcher Government was fundamental to establishing a free market in institutional care which rapidly expanded with huge amounts fo public funding. With local authority care budgets slashed at the same time, the focus of provision from then was on expanding permanent care settings rather than preventing the need for their use. It saddens me to say that I feel strongly that the provision of care within an individual's own home was better when I started in social work in 1968 than it is now. I hold Conservative Governments primarily responsible, but Labour's policies need to be much more radical. The ludicrous health/social care division (which no-one can define) must be ended for a start.