Monthly Archives: April 2012

Woman goes home from Yarmouth Hospital in wheelchair after six hour ambulance wait

A woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis went home from hospital in her wheelchair in the dark after a six hour wait for an ambulance.

Emily Dennis
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
3:45 PM

Because of her size Pauline Coulson required bariatric transport to get home from the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston following a five day stay.

The 60-year-old has been bed-ridden for two years due to her condition and her husband Lindsay said his wife was left waiting for six hours for suitable transport to arrive.

Support for carers must be central to social care white paper

Government’s upcoming reforms must take the needs and contributions of unpaid carers into account



Saul Wordsworth and his grandmother Miriam. Family structures are changing as more people juggle caring for their parents at home. Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe

We will all need care or provide care for loved ones at some point in our lives – it is an issue for all of society and all parts of government.

As care and support for older and disabled people rises up the political agenda, decision-makers and the public are confronted with an array of stark statistics on the rising demand for care – with the number of people over 80 to double by 2020, 11 million people alive today expected to live to 100, the number of adults with learning disabilities to rise by a third by 2030 and the number of carers by 50% in the next 25 years to 9 million.

But these statistics do little to shed light on what this care challenge means in practical terms or what solutions might look like. They also fail to truly reflect how demographic change is bringing about significant shifts in all of our lives – not just the lives of people using social care services.

Ministers have promised to publish plans to reform social care later this year

18 April 2012 Last updated at 07:54

Forget about ‘social care pot of gold’

By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News

There will be no “pot of gold” to answer the prayers of councils struggling to look after the elderly, according to social care chiefs.

Ministers have promised to reform the system amid signs local authorities are struggling to keep pace with demand.

But Sarah Pickup, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said changes in England would still be years away.