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31st August 2016

Care Forum Wales' chair warns of 'triple whammy threat' to care services

Care Forum Wales' chair, Marlo Kreft, has been interviewed on the BBC's Good Morning Wales programme following his warnings about the 'triple whammy' hitting care homes and domiciliary care companies.

Mr Kreft's warning follows the publication of figures by Public Health Wales predicting that the number of people aged 85 and over will reach 184,000 by 2036 - an increase of 145% since 2011.

He said that the ageing population, a chronic lack of funding and resources and a huge recruitment problem meant the profession was facing an unprecedented crisis and soclal care is at tipping point.  Mr Kreft also told the programme that the impact is likely to be "catastrophic by the winter"  when the NHS is under most pressure and relies on the 12,000 nursing beds in the independent sector. 

Social care sector 'of national importance' – Mario Kreft, Care Forum Wales chair

Care Forum Wales has been calling for the independent sector to be valued and Mario argued that the system should be recognised as sector of natonal strategic importance.

The story has appeared on the main BBC news and has been taken up by many newspapers around Wales.

  • See the full story see here
  • Watch the Good Morning Wales interview here (go to 13 minutes in)

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