Seize the chance to agree a lasting settlement on how to fund social care, says Dilnot

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 10 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1031
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Politicians will be “cowardly” if they fail to seize the chance to transform the system of funding social care in England, according to the economist leading the case for change.

Andrew Dilnot, who chaired the Commission on Funding of Care and Support which reported to ministers last year (BMJ 2011;343:d4261, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4261), said the current system was “completely broken” and reform was long overdue.

Now is the time to install a lasting settlement where individuals and the state pool risks in a way that is fairer for most people, especially those with high social care needs, he said. “It would be a cowardly country that failed to take that chance,” he added.

Mr Dilnot was speaking at a …

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