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Why it’s vital we fix our broken care system

The pandemic has given fresh visibility to a long-term problem

By Jennifer Dixon   December 2020
Care is a political issue. Credit: unclelkt (Pixabay)

Care is a political issue. Credit: unclelkt (Pixabay)

Care is often undervalued, relying as it does mainly on female labour and squeezed into the spaces not filled by work. Or else it is handed over to the state to provide in commoditised “packages.” But giving and receiving care are at the core of what it is to be human.

This paradox is explored vividly by former Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting, who spent five years travelling the country speaking to families and staff…

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