Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire in Parliament to back their calls for an end to flying 15 minute homecare visits.
Research by the organisation has revealed that at least 33,305 people in England received 15-minute care visits in 2015/16. Of these, 16,311 received them in areas where councils admit to still using ‘flying’ visits for personal care to support people with intimate needs such as washing, dressing and eating.
“I am pleased to join Leonard Cheshire in calling for an end to these undignified and unsafe ‘flying’ care visits. None of us would want our family and friends to receive personal care visits as short as 15 minutes, so we should not accept this happening across the country to anyone else.
“These ‘flying’ care visits are a symptom of a wider issue surrounding social care funding and are completely unacceptable; forcing disabled people to choose between eating or going to the loo, depriving them of their dignity.
“I urge the government to ensure social care is properly funded and put an end to these rushed care visits.”