Fury as Government delays promised social care reform for sixth time amid Brexit gridlock

30 March 2019 – Independent

The Government has failed for the sixth time to hit its own deadline to publish details of care system reforms for adults with disabilities and the elderly, due to the Brexit gridlock in the Commons.

Charities claimed lives were being put at risk by minsters’ “dithering and delays” and warned vulnerable people denied care, such as those with learning disabilities, were at increased “risk of abuse and neglect”.

Health secretary Matt Hancock told MPs in January that he “intends [to publish] before April” the social care green paper containing the Government’s plans to make care safer and financially sustainable.

In 29.03.2019, the Department of Health and Social Care told the The Independent it had no plans to publish the document before 01.04.2019.

Age UK said this was now the sixth time ministers’ assurances have fallen flat since the originally scheduled publication date of summer 2017 was missed.

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