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Health leaders call for clear leadership after PM speech highlights social care gaps

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has highlighted the need for effective care as a priority in his New Year’s Speech.

He said that helping people to get the care they need more quickly is one of the five foundations for a better future, announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

The speech to outline his political priorities for 2023 made no specific reference to new resources for social care.

Instead, it referenced previously announced funding. Responding, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:  “Around 12,000 patients are currently stuck in hospital much longer than they need to because of a lack of social care support. The 160,000 vacancies in social care which also have a direct impact on the NHS, not least compounding the delays in discharging people ready to leave hospital back into the community as quickly as possible.

“The Prime Minster cannot afford to simply wish this crisis away. We need clear leadership from across government over a sustained period.”

Other priorities announced by Sunak include:

  • Reducing inflation
  • Economic growth
  • Reducing the national debt
  • Illegal immigration controls.

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