Jeremy Hunt has expressed “disappointment” with the government for failing to address recommendations for social care reform in a recent report.
In October, the Health and Social Committee called for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding to avoid the risk of market collapse.
Its Social care: funding and workforce report also recommended bringing forward a plan to streamline the training of social care workers and urgently tackle the problems in the care sector “as a priority”.
Hunt, who is chair of the committee, said in a letter to Care Minister Helen Whately that he was “disappointed” that the government had failed to provide detail on its long-term plans for social care in its response to the Committee’s report.
He added: “Despite promises, Ministers appear to have made no progress towards a genuine long-term solution to this crisis. Resolving it must be set as a priority. An intention to announce plans ‘this year’ rings hollow in the absence of detail on process or timescale and the failure to address this alongside NHS reform.
“The pandemic has shone its cruel light on failings in our social care system so it really is now or never for reform. I look forward to discussing what progress to expect with the Social Care Minister when she appears before the Committee next week.”