Commenting on the report from the King’s Fund’s Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said:
“The Barker Commission raises essential questions about what kind of old age we want for ourselves and our loved ones, and how much we are prepared to pay for it. It deserves to trigger a full debate about how we fund and deliver health and social care. This issue has been kicked into the long grass for too long but will not go away - there will be a doubling of the number of over-85s by 2030. Though it is likely that the report will evoke knee-jerk reactions to some of its specific recommendations, such as limiting free TV licences and winter fuel payments, these should only take place as part of this wider debate about reform of the whole health and social care system”.