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Prime Minister called upon to honour 100-day social care pledge

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to honour his pledge to tackle the social care crisis within 100 days of his election.

The call by Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, came as he submitted evidence to the Chancellor’s Budget process.

He said the government has until March 22 to act upon Johnson’s pledge to tackle social care within 100 days of his election.

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Green said: “The stabilisation of the adult social care sector should be the Government’s first priority, inaction is no longer viable.  As a critical friend of the Government, Care England can help deliver the long term sustainability of the social care, and thus health, sector.”

In submitting his evidence, Green said there could be no lasting improvement in the NHS without addressing the issues prevalent in the social care system.

He called for greater parity in social care and NHS pay rates and greater investment in the training and upskilling of care staff, including independent sector nurses, to boost recruitment and retention.

Green added: “Ensuring the future sustainability of the social care sector is of vital importance to both society and the economy. Across England millions of individuals’ future well-being and economic stability is contingent upon ensuring the future sustainability of the social care sector.”

Johnnson pledged to fix the social care crisis in his first speech as Prime Minister in July. He subsequently warned it could take five years to come up with a long-term solution for the sector.

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