A choice no-one should have to make
25 February 2014
Would you want to have to choose between going to the loo or having a hot drink?
Our campaigners descended on Parliament today with a strong message for MPs: no-one should have to make that choice.
Their aim – with the aid of a toilet and a giant mug – was to highlight the impossible choices facing disabled people who receive flying, 15‑minute care visits.
Like Violet, who receives 15-minute visits, our campaigners are outraged that MPs haven’t done more to stop these flying care visits. If you agree that these shamefully short visits shouldn't take place, email your MP now using our pre-written message.
Disabled campaigners from our care homes spoke to Anne McGuire, who co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group, former home secretary David Blunkett, and former deputy prime minister Lord (John) Prescott, all of whom came along to support the event.
David Blunkett said he backed our campaign to end 15-minute visits and ensure disabled people receive the care and support they need. He also highlighted the difficulties care workers face in providing the support they want to in rushed time slots, something without even time to take off their coats.
‘Dignity for disabled people matters – but attempting to provide care in just 15 minutes or less denies them this dignity, and makes the job of the carer impossible.’ —
Research shows that most people believe 15-minute visits are unacceptable – and that it takes most of us at least 40 minutes to get up, wash, dress and eat breakfast in the morning. But information from councils last year showed that, with budgets under pressure, the number of flying visits is increasing.
All disabled people deserve to live with dignity but, if MPs don't act, we could see even more of these visits.
Parliament will finish debating the Care Bill in the next few weeks. Help us to keep up the pressure on 15-minute visits: write to your MP right now.