A Bickington man is demanding answers and for those in power to listen as his nine year battle to transform the care system in the UK continues without an end in sight.

Vera Barrass, pictured before her death in 2009. Picture: John BarrassVera Barrass, pictured before her death in 2009. Picture: John Barrass

It is now a year since John Barrass met with care minister Caroline Dinenage via video link to tell her of his campaign following the death of his mother Vera in a private care home after suffering a stroke.

The minister promised to take his message to the heart of Government and to provide a full report for Prime Minister Theresa May, who had personally written to Mr Barrass and requested a full account of the meeting.

Despite repeated enquiries he has heard nothing since and has asked how the Government can sort out Brexit when it seems they can't sort out anything else either.

He said: "A lot of people are saying Theresa May is so heavily involved in Brexit. She is saying the EU situation is for the people and we are the people, but I must have been ignored because a year has gone past and I have received nothing about this.

John Barrass during his video meeting with care minister Caroline Dinenage and North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones.John Barrass during his video meeting with care minister Caroline Dinenage and North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones.

"I have gone back to Caroline Dinenage and the chief whip's office - everywhere I went no one could give me an answer as to whether Theresa May had even seen it."

A report by Mr Barrass, Care Means Care, Justice in Care, calls for major changes to an ailing care system, including the creation of a single powerful body to inspect, investigate and regulate care homes.

A Government green paper - or discussion document - on social care has been expected for the past year but seems to have been completely sidelined by Brexit.

In February North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones again raised the case of Mr Barrass in a House of Commons debate and has asked for a response from the Prime Minister.

In a letter to Mr Barrass he said 'with the many demands on the Prime Minister's time, we must be patient'.

Mr Barrass said he is also calling for Mr Heaton-Jones to 'do something big' and get a petition together of at least 200 MPS to call for action.

A new coalition of health organisations called Health for Care has been formed calling for the Government to bring forward its long-awaited green paper to address how social care and support is provided.

The organisation says it is 'among the greatest challenges our country faces'.