Labour leader slams government’s care home record

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 04:  Jeremy Corbyn MP speaks at the first Labour leadership debate at the All Nations Centre on August 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. The result of the Labour leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP is due to be announced on September 24.  (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn has attacked the Tory government’s record on care homes.

The Labour leader’s criticism came in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph that was intended as a bid for the political centre ground.

Mr Corbyn said: “I don’t want a social care system where the elderly and disabled are nothing more than an entry on a balance sheet – amounting to some of our most vulnerable sold off in units of time.”

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The Labour leader is well ahead of leadership challenger Owen Smith in the latest opinion polls.

He has pledged to bring adult social care more under the control of the NHS, a move which is backed by Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham.

Mr Burnham has said he will hand over care home provision to the NHS if he is elected in the Greater Manchester mayoral election (see Shadow Home Secretary aims to hand care home control to the NHS).

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