Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt has promised to reform the “unfair” social care system.
Mr Hunt told a Health Committee hearing that the social care system was “random” and placed an unfair burned on the families of those living with dementia, The Telegraph reported.
“I do think that the risk-pooling part of the social care system doesn’t work very well at the moment,” Mr Hunt said.
“It’s very random – if you get dementia, for example, you can end up losing absolutely everything because there is a reasonably high chance you will end up in a care home, and then you can end up being cleaned out which wouldn’t happen if you had a different type of illness.
“So I think that’s really why we need to have this review because there is an unfairness in the way the system has evolved over the years.”
Mr Hunt said the UK would learn from southern European countries such as Spain and Italy where people pay less for elderly care.
The Secretary of State said his appointment by Theresa May as head of social care demonstrated that the Prime Minister cared very deeply about the issue.
Theresa May is facing mounting pressure from MPs to tackle the growing crisis in health and social care (see Two-thirds of MPs say there are not enough high quality homes).
Mr Hunt said he would be leading efforts to reform the social care system through the Government’s Green Paper, which is expected to be published in the summer (Social care Green Paper scheduled for summer 2018).