Government must keep social care reform in its sights as top priority

14 January 2020


Responding to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s BBC Breakfast interview and commitment to bring a social care plan forward this year, NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said:

“Tackling the social care crisis has been ducked for too long so today it is welcome to hear that the prime minister has committed to bringing forward a plan for social care this year, to be implemented within this parliament.

This winter, we are seeing the severe strain that a social care system which does not work for the most vulnerable people is having on the health service.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“This winter, we are seeing the severe strain that a social care system which does not work for the most vulnerable people is having on the health service. It is patients who pay the price of inaction and are left waiting longer for care and unable to return home despite being medically fit to do so.

“We urge the government to keep social care reform in its sights as a top priority. The NHS and social care are two sides of the same coin. We can’t make the improvements to the NHS that people want to see without putting social care back on a sustainable footing.”

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