England’s broken care system is lagging well behind those in other major Western nations, a damning report warns today.
The analysis by Age UK is particularly critical of our ‘harsh’ means-tested system, which sees adults having to pay for their own residential care if their assets are worth more than £23,350.
This is stricter than in other countries – and results in thousands of families having to sell their homes every year.
The report criticises the unfairness of the English system, with dementia patients forced to pay more than those with cancer or heart disease.
And it brands England the ‘poor man’ of six Western nations – also including Germany and Japan – when it comes to care provision.