Commenting on the publication of the Conservative Manifesto, Reform Research Manager and Health Lead, Claudia Martinez, said:
On Social Care reform:
“It is outrageous to see yet another manifesto kicking the social care funding can down the road.
“We desperately need a long-term funding solution that ensures that people can access the care they need. Instead, the Conservatives, like Labour and the Lib Dems, have ducked the biggest public services issues facing the country.
“Any plan relying on political consensus is fantasy - parliament has never been so divided. It’s time for politicians to step up and take the tough decisions, which for social care means introducing an insurance-based system. Everything else is a sticking plaster.”
On the Conservatives pledge to boost the nursing workforce by 50,000:
“This is a welcome announcement.
“It is sensible that the Conservatives have planned to improve training and retention to help boost the number of nurses. The reintroduction of maintenance grants to support trainee nurses is a smart move to encourage more into training. These grants should be means-tested so that taxpayer’s money is spent supporting the disadvantaged.”