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Downbeat mood greets the PM’s statement

There’s been a mostly downbeat reaction from the care industry to the Government’s announcement on health and social care reform.

Among the many comments, the Chief Executive of Care England, Professor Martin Green, said he was worried that some of the money announced would not be coming into the care sector until 2025.

“We have a crisis in care and that crisis is now,” he said. “We are concerned about the timing issues in these plans. We have to have a strategy to stabilise the system at this present time and then to have a plan for the transition.”

Jon Wilks, CEO at the Institute of Health and Social Care Management, said: “The Prime Minister’s announcement today is focused on the NHS, with much less focus on social care.

“Our members are frustrated by the statement. Additional funding, support and reform is needed urgently and any delay to this, let alone three years, will leave the sector in crisis and unable to meet care needs for people who draw on social care.”

Karolina Gerlich, CEO of the Care Workers Charity said: “We are very worried about the ambiguity of his statement, and unsure as to how much of the money raised by the levy he proposed will go directly to frontline social care. We are outraged that it appears only a very small proportion of the money promised will in fact go to social care.

“We call on the Prime Minister to urgently revisit his statement to ensure a parity of esteem between health and social care, and to shape his reform plans to deliver the funding and professionalisation the sector so desperately needs.”

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