Carers urged to demand rights Published on 19/05/2007 CARERS in Furness and the South Lakes are being urged to join a campaign for fair treatment. Stephen Johnson, from Cheshire, has launched a campaign to ensure the sick and elderly and their carers do not have to pay for vital services. Mr Johnson, 52, began the campaign after his 78-year-old mother and 53-year-old brother had to pay for their own care. He said: “The core principles of the NHS can be summed up as follows: to provide care which is free at the point of need, meets the needs of everyone and is based on a patient’s clinical need not their ability to pay. “Tony Blair said at the Labour Party Conference in 1997 that he didn’t want his children brought up in a country where pensioners had to sell their homes to pay for long term care. Since then 700,000 homes have been sold to pay for care.” For more information see www.continuingcarecampaign.info. Mr Johnson has also started a petition on the Prime Minister’s website http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Continuing-Care/ Direct Link: http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=500619 Kind Regards, Stephen (Johnson).