Government must keep social care reform in its sights as top priority
14 January 2020
- This morning prime minister Boris Johnson gave a live interview to BBC Breakfast.
- On health, he discussed the funding boost, new hospitals, car parking and the recruitment of GPs.
- He also said that the government will be bringing forward their social care plan "this year" and "will get it done within this Parliament".
- He added "this is a potentially massive change in how we fund social care and we've got to get it right".
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.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.”