Short care visits to elderly and disabled people are “disgraceful” and on the rise, a charity has claimed.
In England, 60% of councils use 15-minute visits, which are not long enough to provide adequate care Leonard Cheshire Disability says.
The charity says such visits can “force disabled people to choose whether to go thirsty or to go to the toilet”.
But care managers insisted some short visits could be “fully justified and fully adequate”.
Leonard Cheshire is pushing for a ban on what it calls the “scandal of flying 15-minute visits”, lobbying the government to outlaw the practice in England.
A report published by the charity said short visits “simply do not allow enough time to deliver good-quality care”.
It said data from 63 local authorities pointed to a 15% rise in such visits in the last five years, and said some in councils more than 75% of care visits were carried out in less than 15 minutes.
Chief executive Clare Pelham said visits should be at least 30 minutes long.
“It is disgraceful to force disabled people to choose whether to go thirsty or to go to the toilet by providing care visits as short as 15 minutes long,” she said.