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News, 03 Jun

Reaction to Martine’s Story with JIA (BBC Panorama)

The first episode of a profoundly bleak but crucially informative two-part Panorama, Crisis in Care (BBC One, Wednesday 29th May at 9 pm), highlighted the adult social care system on the brink and in dire need of reform after years of austerity. A BBC social affairs correspondent spent a year in Somerset, a county with one of the UK’s fastest ageing populations. There, the council spends 42 pence in every pound of council tax on funding adult social care. One of the case studies highlighted was Martine, a 37-year-old mother of triplets with very severe juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) since the age of two, cared for by her partner. 

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