Tuesday 10 January 2017 NHS services have worsened over the past 5 years, according to the experience of nearly 500 Later Life Ambitions members.

Later Life Ambitions Members Fearful for Future of Health and Social Care

Tuesday 10 January 2017

NHS services have worsened over the past 5 years, according to the experience of nearly 500 Later Life Ambitions members.

In a survey carried out by Later Life Ambitions, nearly half (48%) of respondents said that the NHS services they receive have got worse, with only 14% saying services are getting better.

The findings add further weight to worries that the NHS is increasingly failing to meet the growing demands of an ageing population. Including the concerns of the British Red Cross that the NHS is facing a ‘humanitarian crisis’.

The survey also found:

  • Experiences of worsening services have left 90% of LLA members concerned about the ability of health services to meet their care needs.
  • 90% felt that the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement didn’t address their concerns on funding available for health and social care.
  • Shortage of funding was picked as the main reason for concerns in the NHS (71% of respondents).
    Later Life Ambitions are extremely concerned by the worsening health services our members are experiencing.

We know that the health service is full of dedicated and talented doctors and nurses. However, we feel they are being let down by a Government that is failing to properly prepare and respond to an ageing population.

Part of the solution is building a proper plan for adult social care, one that helps keep elderly people away from NHS services and secures much better value for money for the taxpayer. This is something that we will continue to campaign for.