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Helen Whately

Care minister defends reform intentions 700 days after PM’s ‘fix-it’ pledge

Care minister Helen Whately has defended plans to implement social reform before the end of the year.

Challenged exactly 700 days since the Prime Minister promised to “fix the crisis in social care”, Whately defended her Government, saying: “We are a Government who deliver. We have delivered Brexit, we are delivering vaccinations at a phenomenal pace, and we will deliver social care reform.”

In a question and answer session on social care reform, MPs piled pressure on the m minister to clarify reform plans, specifically funding, commissioning and workforce issues.

In response, Whately highlighted the role of the  health and care Bill in improving oversight of commissioning system, and measures to support the care workforce further, through training, career progression, and technology. She also stressed that domiciliary care would play a key part of the reform.

  • More than nine in 10 councillors have called on the Government to give greater priority to social care, according to a Local Government Association poll.

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