The Health for Care coalition, of which the Patients Association is a member, has this week written a letter to the Prime Minister to take action to address the escalating crisis in care.

The letter includes a call for cross-party talks to help deliver a solution to the care crisis, immediate funding increases in the upcoming Government spending round to shore up care services in the short term, and a genuine long-term funding settlement alongside key reforms to help deliver a sustainable solution for social care.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation who coordinated the letter, has written in the Daily Mail, describing the ‘national disgrace’ that hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people in our society are failing to get the care and support they need.

The letter to the Prime Minister is accompanied by a petition signed by more than 150,000 people calling for urgent action to fix the system that provides care for older and disabled people.

It urges the Prime Minister "to end swingeing cuts", saying more than 1.4 million over-65s in England have been left without the support they need.

You can read the letter to Boris Johnson here, sign the public petition online, and find out more about Health for Care on the website.