Plaid Cymru pledges free social care for Wales, slams Labour proposals

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Plaid Cymru has promised free social care for people living in Wales as part of its election manifesto.

The plans would be delivered through a National Care Service, with the cost to the Welsh government being an extra £300m a year.

The party said social care will be transformed into a service that “puts people’s independence above the needs of bureaucracy”.

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It promised to place greater emphasis on investment in early intervention and preventative health and care services to ensure people can be kept healthy and independent.

“This is the best way to relieve pressure on the NHS,” the manifesto said.

Earlier this month, shadow minister for health and social services Helen Mary Jones (pictured), slammed the Labour Party, which runs the Welsh Government, after it proposed to introduce free personal care in England.

“The truth is this: they are the party of government here in Wales and have been for twenty years. They have failed to do here what they promise elsewhere,” she said.

“I am clear that absolutely no one should have to even think about selling their home in order to pay for the basic care that they require to live with dignity.

“That’s why I am setting out Plaid Cymru’s plan to make social care free at the point of need to everyone in Wales, delivered through a new National Health and Care Service.”

Plaid Cymru also said it would establish parity of pay and terms and conditions between social care and health workers.

“The ambition of health and social care services working side by side cannot be achieved with the current inequality. We want our sick, elderly and vulnerable people to be treated and care for effectively and with dignity,” the manifesto said.

“This can only happen if the social care workforce is well-trained, resourced and motivated to do so. Planning for a skilled and sustainable workforce is therefore crucial.”

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