Frail, vulnerable elderly people are being left to fend for themselves without the most basic help.
There are now an estimated 1.2 million over-65s going without help for care. That’s nearly one in eight of all older people.
Some 300,000 of them have difficulty with three or more tasks, including dressing, washing and going to the toilet.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said steps were being taken to improve care.
A £5bn pot of money has been set aside to encourage joint work between the NHS and care sector, with an additional £1.5bn being added to that by 2019, and councils have been allowed to increase council tax by 2% a year to invest in care services.
“We are determined to make sure that older people throughout the country can get affordable and dignified care,” she added.
NHS England data showed the number of patients delayed in hospital because they cannot get services such as council home help or a care home place has nearly doubled in two years.
Frail patients can only be discharged by hospitals when there is support available in the community.
This can be because of a lack of NHS services, such as district nursing, or because council care cannot be found. This includes places in care homes and help in the home for tasks such as washing and dressing.
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