Responding to today’s pledge by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Hugh Alderwick, Assistant Director of Policy at the Health Foundation, said:
‘The adult social care system in England is currently failing some of the most vulnerable people in society and needs fundamental reform. The government repeatedly promised then delayed proposals on social care reform since 2017 – and Boris Johnson promised to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’ in his first speech as prime minister. Yet reports emerging this morning suggest that the Conservative party does not have a plan for social care reform beyond establishing a cross-party commission.
‘While cross-party consensus will be critical to any reform succeeding, there is a clear risk that there will be further delay and no hard decisions taken for the future. Meanwhile more and more people will go without the care they need. It is reported that the Conservatives will commit to ensuring that in future no one has to sell their home to cover care costs, but without any detail of how this will be funded it is impossible to judge what the trade-offs may be.’
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