HEALTH SECRETARY CONDEMNS OUR CARE OF THE ELDERLY – Yesterday Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, condemned the way we treat our elderly relatives; often abandoning them in old age to state care.
Mr. Hunt feels that the British would do well to adopt the Asian culture of caring for our elderly parents and grandparents by which they see state care as the last, not first, resort in care.
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As editor I too, like Mr. Hunt, have an Asian wife. I have actually been married twice and both were from the Far East.
I can certainly understand Mr. Hunt’s views and he is of course perfectly correct in his assertions that Asian families do provide far better care for their elderly; often moving them in so that they are not left to uncaring institution where staff appear unsympathetic or even cruel.
We continue to read stories of care workers physically abusing our elderly or engaging in scams to defraud them of their life savings. So many pensioners now appear left at the mercy of a society that would rather they just die in order to relieve the social system of the responsibility.
If we look carefully at the current generation of the elderly there is little argument that this particular generation gave so much for this country.
Many served throughout the Second World War and worked their entire lives in order to provide for their families and pay into the state to help build society and feed those in times of need through continuous taxation.
We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to this generation that can never be repaid and yet it appears that instead of providing the care they rightly deserve we are simply throwing them to the wolves and in the process turning our backs on them.
Yes, Mr. Hunt is perfectly correct, we have a moral obligation to care for our parents and grandparents and maybe it is time we changed our way of social thinking and took care of those who cared for us and sacrificed so much.
Whilst I fully agree with Mr. Hunt I feel that such a statement coming from him is more than a little offensive.
Mr. Hunt talks of his lessons learned from his Chinese wife and how their culture cares for their elderly… yes all very admirable until you look at why society often turns its back on the elderly.
I am no fan of state welfare however I do believe that if a nation pays into system with the remit of helping others in times of need then those funds should be explicitly used for such a purpose.
However, historically, the cash generated through taxation that is earmarked for welfare is often diverted. The Government continues to pay for the illegal war in Iraq; it provides foreign aid for despot dictators so that they can live a life of pure luxury and finally hands over vast sums of taxpayers’ money to a despot non-elected regime that forces us into all manner of public spending schemes, none of which are beneficial to the UK. Yes, that would be the European Union.
Of course there is a much darker side to Mr. Hunt’s activities. Here is a man who wholly supported the murder of over 1,200 patients at Mid-Staffordshire hospital and then refused to sack Sir David Nicholson, the man under Mr. Hunt who was directly responsible.
If Mr. Hunt has learned so much from his Chinese born wife (I’m sure she’s a perfectly delightful person) then perhaps he should consider resigning and let her take over his job – after all he obviously feels she is markedly more astute than he is and certainly, through culture, far more caring.
Our social system for caring for our elderly is in complete and utter disarray and even some of those employed to do the job are woefully inadequate or in many cases, as we have seen, outright evil.
The issue with British society is that we have sunk to almost the depths of depravity where Government now fully controls the people through the lack of quality education, fear and despair – yes, we the people now fear our Government and readily swallow the lies and deceit that keeps them in power whilst the rest of us languish in almost abject poverty and as our national debt continues to rise it’s not going to get any better.
Mr. Hunt may well label us as an uncaring society towards our elderly but it was the Government that introduced a welfare state and told us that we would be taken care of.
Unfortunately this, and previous Governments, have squandered the taxpayers money and now that there is nothing left in the pot to care for the nation Mr. Hunt, and indeed most other Government MPs and Ministers, now wish to turn the tables and lay the blame directly at our feet.