Care home representatives have called on the new government, with its commanding majority to get ‘social care done’.
In an exclusive interview, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England told Care Home Management Magazine: “The Government with a large majority [has] the ability to get legislation through Parliament. Brexit will hopefully be resolved and this will leave the new Government the space to focus on some of the really important issues that have been neglected.
“The new Government has talked about building a consensus around social care and how it will be funded in the future. I want the new Government, within the first hundred days, to set out their approach to ensuring social care sustainability. There is a need to address the issues of funding, staffing, capacity and the interface with the NHS.
We need a policy for social care that is not framed in the life of a parliament, but in the lifetime of a citizen. The challenges facing this new Government are enormous, but this is partly because previous governments have fudged the issue. We do not need more commissions, inquiries or talk about consensus, what we need now is a clear vision, a long-term plan for delivery and the money that is needed to sustain the system. “
Joining in the call for swift action on social care is The Independent Care Group (ICG), which says the 1.5m older and vulnerable people living without the care they need deserve urgent action.
Group chair Mike Padgham said: “We congratulate Boris Johnson on his victory yesterday and now urge him to make good on his pledge to tackle social care as a matter of urgency.
“Mr Johnson said that social care would be one of the things the Government tackled within the first 100 days of taking office, well now we want to see that delivered.”
Before the election, the ICG issued its own social care manifesto calling for firm pledges to tackle social care and commit to investing more in the sector.
Representatives of older people have also commented on the election result. Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of older people’s charity Independent Age, said: “For far too long we’ve seen the care people need compromised by delays to fixing the systems. Reforming social care would help to fulfil the Prime Minister’s promise to make sure that no one should have to sell their home to pay for care..”
Georgina Carr, from the MS Society, added: “When Boris Johnson first entered no.10 back in July, he claimed he would fix the social care system once and for all. The new UK government now have an opportunity to change that. We hope to work closely with the Conservative party to tackle these failures, because people with MS can’t wait any longer.”