Advocacy in a Cold Climate Report Launched

Date Published: 
09/19/2011 (All day)

Advocacy cuts raise fears of health and care abuse
New research by Action for Advocacy (a4a) suggests that up to 66,000 people could be affected by cuts to independent advocacy services. This could result in more abuse going uncovered, more strain on family and friends in caring or visiting roles and less availability to support people in understanding their rights and services to help them. The reduction in advocacy will certainly lead to greater disempowerment in health and social care, contrary to the aims of the Health & Social Care Bill.
Advocacy services take action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Where my care manager can help is by using their wide knowledge in steering employees towards the right help at the right time.