Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, joined the Leonard Cheshire disability charity at a Parliamentary event to highlight their #MakeCareFair campaign for good quality social care and an end to rushed fifteen minute personal care visits, which can deprive people of dignified and compassionate care.

Over 12,000 people are still receiving ‘flying’ 15-minute personal care visits across England according to freedom of information requests by Leonard Cheshire, a leading disability charity.

Giles said: ‘I was delighted to join Leonard Cheshire Disability in support of their #MakeCareFair campaign. These fifteen minute personal care visits mean that many people are not treated with the dignity they deserve and this is completely unacceptable.  I hope that the Government takes action within the upcoming social care green paper to make these visits a thing of the past and ensure that no one has to experience undignified care.’

Flying visits in England continue despite statutory guidance within the Care Act 2014, which came into force in April 2015 stating: ‘short home-care visits of 15 minutes or less are not appropriate for people who need support with intimate care needs.’ [1]

The charity has long campaigned against the use of 15-minute personal care visits to support people with basic needs such as washing, dressing and eating. These can deprive people of dignified and compassionate care.

Neil Heslop, Leonard Cheshire’s Chief Executive added: ‘As we approach the long-awaited government green paper on social care, the situation is tough in the sector.

‘We will continue to campaign for the critical long-term funding that is needed to transform the provision of care and improve the quality of thousands of lives.’