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Elderly and disabled people driven to self-harm amid ‘drastic decline’ in social care funding under


Elderly and disabled people are being driven to self-inflicted harm due to reductions in the care they receive caused by cuts to the social care sector, research has found.

A survey reveals that social workers are having to “constantly battle” to provide adequate levels of support to vulnerable people in the community.

Eye-opening accounts from social workers expose that in some cases, elderly and disabled people who have their care hours reduced are driven to commit acts of self-harm or become prone to physically harming themselves by failing to take medication and fulfil their own dietary needs.


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