Responding to the news that Allied Healthcare has applied for a Company Voluntary Agreement to restructure its debts, George McNamara, Director of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“This is a deeply worrying time for the thousands of older people and their families up and down the country who rely on Allied Healthcare as a vital lifeline of care and support.  The government must play an active role in bringing together all parties and, if necessary step in, and do all possible to ensure older people do not become the victims of a broken system.  

Tragically, the social care system is in crisis through years of neglect and underfunding.  This situation is a wake-up call to the government that they must address the unacceptable fragility of the social care market today.  Both reform and significant funding are urgently needed to ensure the most vulnerable in society can access the care and support they need to maintain their dignity and independence in later life.”

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