Boris Johnson has been urged to make social care reform an urgent priority this year, now that a Brexit deal has been made.
Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group said in a letter to the London Evening Standard that 2021 must be the year that social care reform happens and that there are “no more excuses” for delay.
He said: “My hope for 2021 is that we finally get the proper reform of social care we have been promised for so long.
“Covid-19 exposed a sector in crisis and vulnerable to such a dreadful virus. The death toll in care and nursing homes is rising and it would have been much worse but for the amazing response of those working in the care sector, who have performed miracles. Those caring for the most vulnerable in society deserve social care reform to bring them parity with NHS care providers.
“Now that Brexit is done Boris Johnson must get social care done with the same amount of energy used to negotiate the deal with the EU. There are no more excuses and prevarication.”
Boris Johnson promised to fix the social care crisis in his opening address as the new prime minister in June 2019.