PRESSURES on the care system mean that 87 people are dying every day in the UK while waiting for social care.

Mike Amesbury, Weaver Vale MP, has been speaking in the House of Commons where he called on the Chancellor to allocate urgent funds to the care system.

He said: "87 people in this country die each day before receiving the care that they need.

"Does the Minister agree that that figure is shameful and that the Chancellor should use the spring statement to tackle the funding crisis in social care?"

New analysis by Labour of official data from the Department of Health and Social Care shows that vulnerable, older and working age disabled adults are worse off by nearly £2 billion since the government dropped its plans to introduce a care cost cap in 2016.

Speaking outside the chamber, Mike said: "I’ve been contacted by many constituents with concerns over social care, some of whom have had elderly and vulnerable relatives who’ve had to remain in hospital for weeks after they should have been discharged, all due to the fact there was no care package available for them.

"As an office we’ve managed to get these cases sorted out, but the fact remains it’s a massive, massive issue.

"The problems the underfunding of this vital area of care causes are huge, not only does it cause distress and suffering to those impacted, but it also increases the burden of care on our hard-pressed NHS."