Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has refused to answer questions about when exactly publication of government care reform plans can be expected.
The exchange between committee member Barbara Keeley MP and Hancock took place during a socially distanced Health and Social Care Committee meeting, which can be viewed online.
Keeley demanded that the industry needed a date by which care reform proposals would go public.
Hancock, meanwhile, admitted that while plans were near ready before the coronavirus pandemic, it had pushed them back.
He also refused to reveal a date, saying: “Obviously the coronavirus crisis has delayed [our] work and I think people will understand that. Not that we haven’t been working on social care, we’ve put a huge amount of money in, and we can come onto some of the reforms we undertook in the heat of the crisis that have made some positive differences. But the internal discussion on this has since then picked up again.”
This is not the first time Hancock’s social care reform has come under fire. In June he was accused of breaching parliamentary convention. Read more below: