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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Jeremy Hunt contributes to the Elderly Care debate.

Care For Elderly Relatives? You Should Get Time Off Work, Says Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Clearly, another case of yet another government minister operating mouth before brain. (This seems to be a common phenomenon on the ConDem coalition.) Care for elderly relatives is not, as Mr Hunt seems to think, an activity which can be performed for short periods of time, organised to fit in with a normal working day, albeit a day of flexible hours.Taken to its logical conclusion, Hunt's proposal would require the "carer" to give up employment to provide the relative with anywhere near an adequate level of care. Would the government provide financial or other support for those choosing to provide care rather than work in paid employment? Somehow I think not.