Thank you to those constituents who have contacted me about health and social care.
Whilst I was unable to attend the debate on 27th February due to long-standing diary commitments, I am pleased that MPs were able to discuss such an important issue. If you would like to read the debate, you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/zam4vke
I was interested to read 38 Degrees’ research and I agree with you that we must ensure our NHS is properly funded. Therefore, I was pleased that the Chancellor announced a further £425 million to improve local NHS services and support Accident and Emergency improvement.
We must also ensure that as people get older, they are able to receive the dignified care they deserve. The Government recognises the current pressures facing local areas and so, in the Budget, the Chancellor announced an additional £2 billion for councils in England between 2017-18 and 2019-20. This will ensure people receive the social care support they need and reduce pressure on the NHS.
However, I recognise that money alone will not fix the problem and the Government is clear that far-reaching reform is needed to encourage high standards across the whole country. Some councils are already providing high quality social care within their existing budgets, showing that reform can be achieved, and half of all delayed discharges from hospital to home arise in just 24 local authorities. The Secretaries of State for Communities and Health, along with others across Government are working to ensure that, long-term, we have a sustainable system of social care for everyone that needs it.
Finally, you may be interested in the Later Life event that I am hosting at Fearon Hall with my colleague, Edward Argar MP, on Friday 17th March from 10:00-15:00. We have invited local organisations who have an interest in adult social care to display a stall so that local residents can start to have the necessary conversations about later life. Alongside the stalls, we are also laying on an informative and interesting timetable of talks and seminars aimed at addressing some of the issues faced by those needing care. If you would like more details about the event, please do contact my Caseworker, Simon, on 01509 262723.