A leading charity has urged the government to reform a dysfunctional care system that penalises those with long-term illnesses.
While the new coalition recognised the need for social care reform in its Programme for Government, Parkinson's UK is urging ministers to invest in real deep-rooted change.
People living with Parkinson's disease have been repeatedly let down by the current system, when these are some of the people most in need of help, says Val Buxton, director of policy, campaigns and information at Parkinson's UK.
"This is a huge opportunity for the new government to tackle one of the most significant issues facing this country, on behalf of current and future generations," she said.
The new system must be fair, consistent, but above all universal, Ms Buxton concluded.
Meanwhile, the Alzheimer's Society has praised the appointment of new minister for care services Paul Burstow, who the charity claims has been a tireless campaigner for social care reform.
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