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Sajid Javid holds summit to help shape social care reform

Sajid Javid

Leaders in the health and social care sectors were brought together by Sajid Javid yesterday for a summit, to help shape reform.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care invited senior and local leaders to share their views on how reforms can be delivered to meet the challenges they face.

The news follows the announcement that there will be a 1.25% rise in national insurance to fund health and social care.

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Following the summit, Javid said: “We can’t carry on with business as usual, that’s why today I’ve brought together vital leaders and experts from across the health and social care world to hear their views on how we deliver necessary reforms to meet and overcome the challenges we face, and I thank all those who joined.

“The pandemic changed everything and left us with large backlogs. It’s a huge challenge, but the last eighteen months has shown what we are capable of achieving when we work together towards a common goal.

“I’m confident we can tackle waiting lists and deliver the ambitious reforms needed to help our health and social care system recover and move forwards for the better from this wretched pandemic.”

On September 7, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government will create a UK-wide health and social care levy on earned income.

He told MPs this will raise almost £36bn over the next three years, with money from the levy going directly to the frontline.

However, only £5.4 billion will be available for social care, well short of the annual £7bn injection that industry bodies including Care England believe the sector needs to avoid market collapse.

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Sarah Clarke

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