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Minister calls for change in care services

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The care system must change to meet the changing needs of society, according to new Department of Health care services minister Phil Hope.

Consulting Londoners on what they wanted to see in a future care and support system last weekend, Mr Hope said that the care system for the future should 'promote independence, choice and control for everyone.'

'It's vital I discuss how we can create a high quality, affordable care and support system for a rapidly ageing population,' he said.

It is estimated that in 20 years time a quarter of the entire adult population in England will be over 65 and the number of people over 85 will have doubled.

1.7 million more people will need extra care and support than at present.

Urging the public to get involved in discussing the future role of care services Mr Hope warned that at the turn of the century 19 people were working for every one retired person a figure that has now dropped to four people working for everyone who is retired.

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