Care body condemns loss of dedicated ministerial post as “backward step”

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The Independent Care Group has condemned the loss of a dedicated ministerial post for social care in this month’s Government reshuffle.

The body fears that the shift of the brief to parliamentary under-secretary of state for community health and care David Mowat signals elderly and vulnerable adult care will be less of a priority for the new Government, Care Industry News reports.

Previously, social care had been a ministerial post held by Alastair Burt who resigned earlier this month.

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Independent Care Group chair Mike Padgham said: “The new Prime Minister has said she means to support the disadvantaged as she takes up the reins of Government, but the loss of a dedicated ministerial post for social care looks like a backward step.

“It very much appears that, after a generation of waiting, any hopes we had of new progress in social care have been swiftly dashed by this apparent downgrading of social care.”

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