Jeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May: Get a grip on social care… please
Watch: The Labour leader mixed anger with his characteristic politeness.
Jeremy Corbyn today implored Theresa May to “get a grip” and properly fund social care in England amid mounting concerns the system is at breaking point.
The Labour leader urged the prime minister to take heed of warnings from Tory councils, the boss of NHS England and others that social care is facing a financial crisis which needs addressing.
It comes as it emerged ministers will tomorrow announce that local authorities will be allowed to raise council tax bills by 6% over the next two years to help raise cash for social care.
Corbyn dedicated all six of his queries to Mrs May at Prime Minister’s Questions on the issue.
He finally stated: “Why can’t the prime minister listen to those in local government, to the King’s Fund, the NHS Confederation, her own council leaders and recognise this social care crisis forces people to give up work to care for loved ones because there isn’t a system to do it; makes people stay in hospital longer than they should; and leads people into a horrible, isolated life when they should be cared for by all of us through a properly funded social care system.
“Get a grip and fund it properly, please.”
Yesterday NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens called on the Government to provide “immediate support” to the social care system, as well as a longer-term redesign of services aimed at the elderly.
May responded to Corbyn with a pledge to pursue a "long-term, sustainable system".
She added: “We need to make sure that reform is taking place so we see best practice in terms of integration of health and social care but we also need to make sure we have a longer-term solution to give people the reassurance they need for the future,” she said.
"That is what the Government is working on - there's a short term issue, there's a medium term need and there's a long-term solution we need to find."