LETTER: Are we losing our ability to care?

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Cllr Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health (‘The cracks are starting to show’, WSCT, July 30 / ‘Revealed : the plight of unpaid carers’, WSG, July 29): “We recognise the dedication and hard work that care workers and care organisations give to residents of West Sussex on a daily basis to support them to live at home, and will be working with the whole market to ensure that this can continue.”

Markets don’t care. People care.

Robert Phillips, whose wife Sheila received ‘end of life’ care (‘The care offered at hospice goes ‘beyond the call of duty’, WSCT, July 30): “My career in commerce had taught me the ‘primary motivation’ was profit, but contact with the hospice, and seeing people working hard out of the goodness of their own hearts, was a revelation.”

Profits don’t care. People care.

Philosopher Noam Chomsky: “Social Security is based on a principle. It’s based on the principle that you care about other people. You care whether the widow across town, a disabled widow, is going to be able to have food to eat.”

Are we in serious danger of losing our ability to care for each other in this county?

RICHARD W. SYMONDS

Ifield Street, Ifield Village

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