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On Wednesday 25th April, I spoke in Labour’s opposition debate on social care.

The Government’s funding cuts to local authorities mean hundreds of thousands of fewer people are now getting the publically-funded social care they need, while family carers are being put under unsustainable pressure. The Government should listen to the calls of the 103 MPs who have called for a parliamentary commission to find a long-term plan for the NHS and social care; and Ministers need to consider the ten principles for long-term funding that I have published with MPs Norman Lamb and Nick Boles.

You can read the principles here. Listen to my interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the ten principles here. You can read the whole social care debate here.

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On Monday 23rd April I took part in an online debate about funding for the NHS and social care hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.

It’s clear the Government is not spending enough on physical health, mental health or social care. Waiting times have soared, hospitals are in financial crisis and our health outcomes are falling behind the standards of other nations. In the 70th anniversary year of the NHS, I want to see a long-term, 10-year funding settlement to invest in and reform the NHS and healthcare. We need a progressive system to fund healthcare that is fair across the generations, as well as measures to make sure there are more services provided outside of hospitals and closer to home to shift the focus towards prevention.

You can watch the whole webinar here.

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I recently met with residents and staff at Grey Ferrers Care Home in the Braunstone Park area of Leicester ahead of National Care Home Open Day. I really enjoyed rehearsing a sing along with the residents and seeing their entry’s for a tea trolley competition.

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A cross party group of 98 MPs has supported a letter I wrote with Sarah Wollaston and Norman Lamb that calls on the Prime Minister to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care.

Time and time again we’ve seen how any Party that comes up with a substantial proposal for funding social care risks being obliterated by their political opponents. But in the end the only people who really suffer are older and disabled people and their families.

The Prime Minister should seize this opportunity and set up an independent, cross-party Commission to examine this issue and break the political deadlock that has prevented a realistic approach to increasing resources for health and social care.

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