Media Statement: Government must end social care crisis – NHS Confederation response to Queen’s Speech

For immediate release: Monday 14 October 2019

Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare system, said:

“If this Government is not to be defined by Brexit then it must develop a credible domestic agenda and finding a solution to the social care crisis should be right at the very top of this agenda.

“Thousands of vulnerable people are being left to fend for themselves every day without the care and support they need – this government must seize the opportunity and come forward with proposals that last a generation and more. We welcome the Government’s commitment to reform adult social care but we have been here before and need to see these welcome words put into firm action.”

Turning to Brexit and other plans outlined in the Queen’s Speech, Niall Dickson added:

“Extensive no-deal preparations have been made to secure the UK’s exit from the EU but the best way of guaranteeing that patients are protected must be through a negotiated deal. If this is not possible, then we need to find a way of agreeing a mini-deal for healthcare that protects patients and the public both here and in the rest of Europe.”

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