UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Report further evidence of social care in crisis says Lamb

Press Release   •   Feb 18, 2010 08:22 GMT

“Improvements in social care will only come about if local authorities and the NHS can start to work more effectively together," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

Commenting of today’s report by the Audit Commission on the social care system, Norman Lamb said:

“This report is further evidence of a system in crisis.  It highlights the scale of the challenges facing the social care system and the urgent need for reform.

“Temporary measures which only address part of the problem won’t do anything to alter the fact that we need to fundamentally rethink how we pay for social care. This won’t be possible unless everyone can start to work together in a constructive and transparent way.

“Improvements in social care will only come about if local authorities and the NHS can start to work more effectively together.  Labour and the Tories owe it to the people of this country to stop treating care for the elderly as a political football.”