Cabinet reshuffle comment

Posted 06/09/12

The appointments of Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary and Norman Lamb as Minister in charge of Adult Social Care in yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle comes at a critical time during the ongoing debate about  the funding and practices associated with adult social care.

Commenting on the new appointments, Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead, said:

“Our thanks must go to Andrew Lansley and Paul Burstow for their dedication and hard work in their previous roles as they worked to address the many issues facing our current social care system. The reshuffle must not result in yet more delay in implementing the very necessary reforms.

“I urge the new Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt and the new Minister, Norman Lamb, to prioritise addressing the under-funding of care and to rapidly progress the implementation of as many of the Dilnot Commission’s proposals as possible.

“Finding a solution to the equitable funding of long-term adult care should be an absolute priority.  I urge them both to be radical and progressive in their approach as anything less than radical reform will leave many of our senior citizens who need compassionate, caring and high quality care to an uncertain future.

“Paul Burstow, the previous Minister in charge of Adult Social Care was a great advocate of the work Home Instead is doing in helping to change the face of ageing in the UK and was highly complementary of the tremendous work Home Instead carers provide in the community. I can only hope that the new appointees will grasp the nettle and implement policies which will result in our elderly population receiving the care and support they need.”