Despicable words from one of the lowest vermin in a government of vermin.
Jeremy Hunt wants cash-strapped British citizens to save money to pay for the cost of their own care in later life – costs that he hopes will be bumped up by the profit-making firms he wants to see providing it.
He says he has taken the Tories’ ‘National Living Wage’ – in fact, the minimum wage with a stolen name – into account when considering costs to care home firms, but what about the cost of buying care to those who are trying to live on the same amount?
It can’t be done. The ‘National Living Wage’ isn’t enough to live on – if you’re on it, you still need benefits to pay the bills.
So Jeremy Hunt is proposing a dangerous mistake that could lead to the collapse of the UK care industry.
People will not be able to afford the cost, so care homes will not get the custom, so they will go out of business – whether publicly- or privately-run.
Why does the UK’s secretary of state for Health want this? Why does he grin when he discusses it?
Britain’s care time bomb is “one of the biggest commercial opportunities” for private firms, Jeremy Hunt has said.
The Health Secretary made the eyebrow-raising remarks today as he was grilled by MPs on the influential Health Select Committee.
He also suggested more people could start saving for their own care, treating the issue like society treats pension pots.
It comes as care homes fear they will be left penniless by the costs of the National Living Wage – throwing council-run services into the lurch.
Tory MP Maggie Throup asked if private firms, facing a cocktail of higher costs, an ageing population and stricter standards, could also be forced to bow out of providing care.
Yet Mr Hunt said although it was a “very concerning situation”, he expected “many” private firms would be willing to fill in – because they see the potential for profit.
He told the committee the government had already taken the National Living Wage into account when doing its sums.
He added: “If there are people who are exiting the market because they don’t like the much greater scrutiny over standards of care, then that’s their choice – but I think it’s the right thing for us as a society.
“At the same time I would also say that in many parts of the world businesses, because many of these organisations are private businesses, are looking at the ageing population as one of the biggest commercial opportunities.
“Because this is an area that all of us are going to spend much more money on as time goes on, both for our own care and those of our loved ones.
“So it’s important not to take a short-sighted approach as to the opportunities in that market.”
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