RNIB joins call for cross party strategy on health and social care funding
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
RNIB is one of 75 health and social care charities and organisations that have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling for an urgent, open and inclusive cross-party process to review and recommend action on future health and social care funding.
The letter, signed by the RNIB Interim Chief Executive Sally Harvey, and delivered today comes as pressure grows from professional bodies, the Local Government Association, and leading MPs for action.
Last week, a letter signed by Clive Betts, chairman of the Communities and Local Government committee, Public Accounts Committee chairman Meg Hillier and her Health Committee counterpart Dr Sarah Wollaston, urged the Government to look at a long-term solution for social care through a cross-party consensus.
Policy and Campaigns Officer for Social Care at RNIB, Mike Bell, said: "Social care support can be vital to blind and partially sighted people, enabling them to live with dignity and choice. However, we know that people with sight loss are increasingly missing out on social care and vision rehabilitation services due to the funding crisis in health and social care. Being left alone to cope with sight loss is wholly unacceptable. The crisis is real and a long-term, cross-party solution is urgently needed."
RNIB’s See, Plan and Provide campaign has been asking local councils across England to ensure that blind and partially sighted people can access the right vision rehabilitation support, at the right time, to help them live independently at home.
With council budgets currently being considered for the coming year, now is a vital time to remind local decision-makers that vision rehabilitation services must be properly resourced.