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Financing care harder with direct payments, says charity

Action on Elder Abuse

Action on Elder Abuse has called for the government's direct payment system to be looked at again as a form of financing care.

Daniel Blake, policy development manager at the charity, claimed that many older and vulnerable people are happy with the current system and do not want added control over how their healthcare is delivered.

The direct payments system transfers cash to healthcare patients so they can finance care themselves, which means they can get treatment in other areas and not just their local authority if they wish.

Mr Blake pointed out that people want choice and control over their care.

"It's got to be a real choice for people. At the moment what we are seeing is lots of older people press-ganged into accepting direct payment," he added.

This week, research by national union UNISON showed that 62 per cent of social workers believe that direct payments will open up patients to abuse and ruin the progress that has been made in this area over the past five years.

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Care of the elderly news : 22 October 2009