Sector set to be an election issue

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By Bill Doult Funding of long-term residential care is poised to become an election issue in 2001 with MPs on all sides of the Commons already expressing fears that the plans are seriously inadequate and leave intact the old divisions between health and social services. But more than that, they seriously doubt whether the proposed legislation will get to the statute books before Tony Blair calls a General Election. With expectations of a May poll the Government only has a few weeks to take the legislation through both houses and there simply is not enough time. Although moves to make the NHS responsible for nursing care are now before Parliament, crucial questions over resources remain unanswered. This became evident when the Government unveiled its legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech. The Health and Social Care Modernisation Bill announced in the Speech is designed to put into practice Whitehall’s still muted response to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly. The Conservative Party

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