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GOVERNMENT DEFENDS ELDERLY CARE POLICY IN WAKE OF CRITICAL REPORT

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Health minister Jackie Smith says she accepts that more money was needed for social care, but she disputed some of ...
Health minister Jackie Smith says she accepts that more money was needed for social care, but she disputed some of the figures in the reportfrom 21 organisations which work with the elderly, claiming that the number of elderly people receiving care in their own homes is falling, while 23,000 residential home beds have been lost.

Ms Smith told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning:

'Of course I want to ensure that social services departments have the

resources they need to deliver for older people. We have increased the money available to social care. Yes, we do need to make sure there is more'.

There had been a net loss of around 19,000 residential home beds, but£300m extra funds were being given to social services to address this problem, she said.

She denied that it was becoming more difficult for elderly people to receive

care in their own homes. 'There are more hours of home care and home contact

provided now than previously', she told Today.

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