“Jeremy Hunt has promised an upcoming green paper will “jump start” a debate with the public about how social care should be funded in the future.
Speaking to an audience of social care workers on Tuesday, the health secretary recognised the “economics of the publicly funded social care market are highly fragile” and said care models needed to “transform and evolve”.
He said: “We will therefore look at how the government can prime innovation in the market, develop the evidence for new models and services, and encourage new models of care provision to expand at scale.”
Hunt outlined seven key principles the government is considering as it draws up its social care green paper, due to be released before the summer.
He added: “We must make sure there is a long-term financially sustainable approach to funding the whole system.”
He added that this would “take time” but “must not be an excuse to put off necessary reforms”.
“Nor must it delay the debate we need to have with the public about where the funding for social care in the future should come from – so the green paper will jump-start that debate,” Hunt promised.
He also said he would look at making paying for social care fairer and less dependent on the “lottery of which illness” a person gets.
He explained the green paper would look at giving people greater control over the care they received, announcing he would consult on personal health budgets. …”