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Govt says care specialists must help re-engineer LTC system

Pensions minister Angela Eagle says the Government must work hand-in-hand with elderly care specialists to re-engineer the structure of its care system.

Speaking at the Ageing Population 2010 conference in London last week, Eagle said she welcomes the recent debate about care costs and a national care service but says politicians and sector workers must work together.

She said: “Just  looking at the debate on social care at the moment demonstrates how important it is to get this re-engineering right.  We have got to realise that we have had an adhoc system that has grown over the years and it is almost -topsy-turvy. We have got to turn it into something much more coherent.”

She added: “That has series implications for us as policymakers, providers and citizens in our country and there is a great deal of work to do. But by working together we can produce a result by which we will be proud. We should be optimistic that we can beat these challenges if we work together.”

Care Quality Commission acting chair Dame Jo Williams echoed Eagle’s comments. Speaking at the same conference she said: “Part of our challenge for the future is to think quite differently about how we and others can work with organisations to bring about change.

“We are very interested in looking at joined up care. Not  only between the various sectors but within the sector itself.”

However, Williams warned that the challenge now is the “significant squeeze” on resources and the expectation that local authorities will reduce their budgets.

She said: “Our concern remains that with the huge financial pressures that we see ahead our task will be to ensure that quality and safety remain a priority.”


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  1. It is once again disappointing that a Government minister speaks about a problem, in this case long term care, for which there is an insurance-based solution but makes no mention of insurance.

    We as an industry must engage with this and future governments to pursuade them that we can be trusted to provide insurance based products to help people with their financial planning.

  2. Richard Walker 2nd March 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Same old clap trap. How many times have we heard the ideal of ‘joined up care – ad nauseam – and it still has not happened. As for Eagle’s comments about working together, what she didn’t add is ‘as long as it costs the Government no more money’!

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