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Care Leader Congratulates New Labour MP

A leading North Yorkshire social care campaigner has congratulated his new constituency MP and sent a message of hope that the new Labour government will bring a fresh start for a sector in crisis.

Mike Padgham says Labour offers the best hope for long-awaited reform of the way the country cares for older, vulnerable and disabled residents.

Mr Padgham congratulated Alison Hume who won the Scarborough and Whitby seat for Labour at last week’s election.

Before the poll, he had given the new MP his personal endorsement.

“I send my hearty congratulations to Alison and to the new Labour Government and wish them every success,” he said. “Having met Alison on a number of occasions I have every faith that she will be an excellent MP for Scarborough and Whitby and I was happy to give her my endorsement.

“Labour has set out modest but sensible plans for social care and whilst I believe they could have been bolder, I think they offer a new hope for change.

“Now I look forward to working with Alison at a local level to try and bring about improvement to the delivery of social care for the constituency.

“Labour has hit the ground running on many issues – at home and abroad – I now want to see them quickly make good on their social care manifesto promises and press ahead with reform that is so urgently needed.”

In its manifesto, Labour promised “deep reform” of social care, including a National Care Service and ‘home first’ care to keep people living independently. It also promised greater integration with NHS services and fairer pay, terms and conditions to ‘professionalise’ the workforce. New Health Secretary Wes Streeting also committed the party to introducing the cap on care costs, designed to prevent people from having to sell their homes to pay for care.

The ICG wants to see the creation of a National Care Service, bringing NHS healthcare and social care under one roof, allied to greater investment in the sector and better recognition and reward for the workforce. It wants to see care provided for the 1.6m people who currently can’t access it and dementia treated like other serious conditions like heart disease and cancer, with its treatment funded through the NHS.

 

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