VoiceAbility joins call to action for Government

VoiceAbility has joined with 74 other leading health and social care organisations to call on the Prime Minister to develop  a long-term cross-party settlement for health and care in response to the crisis in social care and health funding. Find out more and sign the petition. 

Calls for Prime Minister to begin Cross-party Process on Health & Care Funding

open letter to Theresa MayTheresa May must urgently begin a cross-party process to find a long-term solution to the current crisis in health and social care funding. That’s the call in an open letter to the Prime Minister signed by 75 organisations and leading voices in the sector including Independent Age, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Care England, Patients Association, Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Nursing, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE), Leonard Cheshire Disability, Marie Curie and RNIB. The letter warns that “2017 simply cannot be another year where these huge issues are ducked” and that unless the Prime Minister takes “a bolder approach millions of older, ill and disabled people and their carers will continue to be badly let down.”

This builds on calls last week from three Select Committee Chairs, Sarah Wollaston MP (Health Committee), Meg Hillier MP (Public Accounts Committee) and Clive Betts MP (Communities and Local Government Committee) for a cross-party agreement on health and social care funding.

The joint letter from organisations across the health and social care sector is published on the day that Norman Lamb MP launches a group of MPs calling for a cross-party approach on health and social care funding.

Today’s letter adds the voice of significant charities, organisations and leading voices working in health and social care to those of MPs, and sets out what kind of a cross-party agreement should be sought.

The 75 organisations and leading voices signed up to the letter are clear that the cross-party process must recommend clear actions that have the support of all parties, and that will ultimately make a difference to the lives of many older, ill and disabled people who rely on health and care services.

This cross-party process must begin immediately to find a sustainable solution to the problems in health and social care funding and have the political will behind it to deliver meaningful change. The letter states that the process “should recognise that just as no one party should be blamed for the current challenges, nor can a genuinely long term solution be owned only by one party.”

The open letter calls for the cross-party process to be:

  • Inclusive: established by the government with meaningful cross-party engagement
  • Open: listening to the public and professionals who use and work in these services every day
  • Urgent: ensuring the cross-party process gets underway without delay.

The crisis in social care funding and the extreme pressure on the NHS is both immediate and long term. People's lives matter now and in the future. That's why VoiceAbility is joining others in calling upon the Prime Minister to work across traditional divisions to find a sustainable long term solution and without delaying action which is needed now and in this winter. 

Jonathan Senker - CEO of VoiceAbility

On Wednesday 11 January, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, gives evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on the financial sustainability of the NHS.

If you would like to sign the petition to support this call, it is available on the parliamentary website here.

Press Release courtesy of Independent Age

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