Queen's Speech has no concrete proposals for social care and worrying lack of reassurances for future workforce

Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust responds to the social care announcement in the Queen's Speech 2019.

Press release

Published: 14/10/2019

Responding to the Queen’s Speech 2019, Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust said:

“We were surprised and disappointed to see that the Queen’s Speech provided no concrete proposals for truly reforming adult social care in England.

“The social care system is on its knees and currently unable to meet the urgent needs of thousands of vulnerable and elderly people in this country – we thought that all parties agreed that serious change was needed. We hope this will be rectified by the Government publishing plans for a comprehensive and fair system.

“Worryingly there were no reassurances that the proposed post-Brexit migration system won’t make things worse by blocking the staff the sector desperately needs.”

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