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Wearsiders call for more support for elderly

Wearsiders call for more support for elderly
1st May 2009

A petition signed by residents of Sunderland has highlighted their desire for national action to be taken to ensure that carers are provided with more dignity and a better quality of life.

The Sunderland Echo reported that MP Bill Etherington received the signatures and will represent his constituency in the House of Commons over the issue.

It follows a major protest in London led by people working in home care, who are campaigning for an increase in allowances, the end to the "postcode lottery" regarding respite care and the limits on earnings and benefits to be scrapped.

The newspaper reported that the Sunderland Carers' Centre estimates that carers in the country are responsible for £87 billion worth of services, in effect saving the taxpayer £15,250 per year for each carer.

Earlier this month, the quality of care offered to stroke patients by the health services of the UK was criticised, with one-quarter of them not receiving the correct level of treatment, according to an audit by the Royal College of Physicians.

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