“It’s make your mind up time” on social care funding, MPs are told

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4317
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Reform of social care in England is taking far too long, and delay will seriously affect people’s health and quality of life, experts have told MPs.

The government’s plans for a white paper on social care have been delayed, despite a large scale independent review on funding of social care for adults in England, the Dilnot report, being published almost a year ago, with specific recommendations.1

All four witnesses appearing before the parliamentary health select committee on 19 June for the first evidence session of its new inquiry into social care condemned ongoing delays in publishing the white paper.

After the publication of Dilnot’s review in July 2011, the health committee conducted an inquiry into social care, publishing its report in February this year. …

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