Barbara spoke in a Parliamentary debate last week on the future of Social Care.
She talked about the importance of identifying carers and also about setting national standards for care services.
Barbara talked about how important it is for health professional to identify and support those who are caring for a relative or friend. Carers may fail to realise that help is available, leading to negative their health and financial situation suffering.
“Identification of carers should result from an holistic view of the patient and their family. If the patient needs substantial care and support, GPs should be looking around and asking who is providing it and how they can support the person providing the care.”
Barbara also called for a minimum national standard of care, in contrast to the current situation with very different levels of support being provided by different local authorities and big variations in the quality of care provided.
“I believe that local decision making is important in many service areas, but we have moved to a point where there are unacceptable differences between the level of social care services offered by local authorities and the continuing care services offered by various local NHS bodies.”