Asset-rich pensioners should fund NHS says its chief

“The head of the NHS has suggested that pensioners’ housing wealth should be used to fund social care as he warned that the equivalent of 36 hospitals were “out of action” because of bed blocking.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said that given pensioners’ “relatively advantaged position” in terms of housing wealth, it was difficult to argue that working-age adults should fund the estimated £1 billion extra per year needed by social care services in increased taxes.

He was appearing in front of an inquiry by several Commons committees on the long-term funding of adult social care. …”

Source: Times, pay wall

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