Neil Duncan-Jordan backs UNISON’s national care service campaign

“You cannot have a two-tier care system where some illnesses get funding and others don’t”

Neil Duncan-Jordan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Poole, has added his support to UNISON’s campaign for a new national care service.

UNISON wants a new service based on high quality care and a fairly rewarded workforce. The union believes the reforms would put an end to 15-minute home care visits, long waits for care packages, and low wages for staff.

A national care service would also mean the quality of care is of the same high standard, no matter where in the country it was being provided, says UNISON.

UNISON is calling on every candidate who has been selected to stand in English parliamentary seats at the next general election to sign up too.

On commiting to the pledge, Neil Duncan-Jordan said: “The social care issue is one that’s really close to my heart, as I saw how inadequate and broken the system was when my father got dementia.

“He lost all his life’s savings to pay for his care, yet if he’d had cancer we would have all paid through the NHS and our taxes. You cannot have a two-tier care system where some illnesses get funding and others don’t. Fixing this and advocating for something better and fairer will definitely be one of my priorities.

UNISON South West regional secretary Kerry Baigent said: “Social care is broken. The current fragmented and privatised system is unfit to meet the needs of everyone who needs support. But a better way is possible.

“Care workers are the beating heart of a system that should be able to look after everyone’s loved ones with compassion and kindness. But without the cash or sufficient staff, the sector is struggling to deliver, putting unbearable pressure on the NHS and families.

“If the country is to have a care service of which it can be truly proud, care workers must be valued, recognised and rewarded as the skilled professionals they are.”