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NCF welcomes new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

10 July 2018

NCF welcomes as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The West Suffolk MP takes over the position from Jeremy Hunt as he in turn takes up the post of Foreign Secretary.

Vic Rayner, Executive Director of NCF says of the appointment:-

“This is an absolutely critical time for social care, with the promise of a Green Paper in the Autumn, the development of a joint workforce strategy between health and social care and, of course, the need to influence Treasury plans in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. We need the new Secretary of State to raise his voice immediately for social care, and highlight the critical contribution of social care to the overall health and wellbeing of the nation.”

Vic goes on to say:-

“For too long the role of social care has been in the shadow of health, and we need the new leadership of this Department to recognise not only the existing challenges of social care provision – but also the very real opportunities for transformation that exist – in order to ensure we have a social care system that meets the needs of all communities for many years to come.”

Vic Rayner states:-

“The scale of the challenge facing social care and the people who the sector supports is well documented. We need the new Secretary of State to show leadership and bite the bullet to address the immediate funding challenge, and crucially ensure that we have a green paper that is bold and visionary with people at it’s heart. Not a day more must be lost.“

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