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Care: the head of NHS England says he wants change but who can hope that it will be for the better?

I have a doubt about Simon Stevens’s sincerity.

He has come forward to say that the government needs to put an adequate funding system in place for social care within the next year.

This suggests that he supports public funding of this service.

But Simon Stevens, formerly a UnitedHealthcare CEO, has been a major player in privatising huge parts of the National Health Service in England – so I’m not convinced that he’s being straight with us.

Remember the big land sell-off following the Naylor Review? Remember the NHS Long-Term Plan that did nothing to shorten waiting lists or relieve pressure on Accident & Emergency departments and seemed geared towards blaming you if you suffer from poor health?

And now this man wants to sink his claws into the social care system – with the failures of care during the Covid-19 crisis as the perfect excuse.

I do not trust him. I certainly don’t trust the Tories.

They have been de-funding social care for years; they have been allowing poor employment practices that allowed Covid-19 into care homes to kill residents for years.

They aren’t going to change.

Source: Social care reform needed within a year – NHS England boss – BBC News

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