Prime Minister Boris Johnson vows to fix the social care crisis


Boris Johnson pledged to fix the social care crisis in his first speech after becoming Prime Minister yesterday.

Speaking outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister included social care among a string of domestic pledges.

He said: “My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the cost of care.

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“And so I am announcing on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.”

During his campaign to become Prime Minister, Mr Johnson vowed to gain cross-party agreement for a more equitable solution to fund dementia care without providing further details.

The Prime Minister’s focus on social care was welcomed by Executive Director of the National Care Forum Vic Rayner, who said:  “The PM says he has a detailed plan to address social care – and we look forward to understanding as soon as possible what that looks like – and how it will address immediate requirements – as well as looking towards a long term solution for future funding for all adults. It is critical that the plan put forward addresses the agenda of people – not just that of political expediency.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, meanwhile, was one of the few senior ministers to survive a cabinet cull yesterday designed to install the Prime Minister’s supporters.

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  1. Boris stated in his first speech as Prime Minister that he will fix Social Care, well hopefully for the better, for how do you define fix.

    May promised to do this throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, but nothing was done and the crisis within social care was allowed to escalate, which in turn increases the health crisis.

    If this was Private Health Care, which the likes of May and her cronies rely on, would there have been years of inaction. I fear it would have been immediately sorted so why not services that the majority have to rely on, is it ‘out of sight, out of mind’, just like the ‘Three Monkeys’.

    Social care is an essential element for many within the UK and its need for is growing day by day, but all the May Government and that of Cameron and others before did nothing except keep social care short of funding by squeezing Local Councils ‘dry’.

    These councils ae now exceedingly parched and are in desperate need of increased funding, not only for Social Care but many other very essential services.

    In my opinion the crisis in Social Care is more important and in need of more urgent action than Brexit.

    So Boris, not only do you need to be able to sort out Brexit by the 31 October 2019, but more importantly sort out social care well before 31 October 2019, for if it is not then there will be no social care to speak of and the vulnerable will be dying in their homes, or is that the plan to reduce the dependence on disability benefits, for death is the ultimate reduction.

    So, come on Boris sort out Social Care, that is if you even know what social care is.

    Not tomorrow, but today.

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