Prime Minister Theresa May has said long-term plans for funding social care could be included in the Tory general election manifesto.
During a campaign meeting in South Wales, the Prime Minister said there was a need for short, medium and long term social care solutions, The Telegraph reported.
She said: “In the medium term we need to make sure that best practice is spread around the country in relation to social care.
“There are some parts of the UK where you will see that local authorities are working very well with local hospitals and local health trusts in relation to social care and other areas where you see significant delayed discharges from hospital putting real pressure on the NHS and making life difficult for those people who are involved in that.
“So we need to spread best practice but yes we are, and have been already, working on a long term solution and that’s what we need in this country.
“We need to stop ducking the issue. We need to ensure we have got that long term solution for a sustainable future for social care.”
The government has said it will publish a Green Paper on social care funding later this year.