National Care Service - Fabian Society inquiry
The Labour Party has recently commissioned the Fabian Society to undertake an inquiry to develop a roadmap to a National Care Service for England
The Labour Party first proposed the launch of a National Care Service in 2009.
The concept was for a service that would deliver:
- prevention services
- national assessment
- a joined-up service
- information and advice
- personalised care and support
- fair funding for all
They promised to introduce a National Care Service at every election since then, but the idea hasn’t been endorsed by successive Conservative governments and so has always remained conceptual.
However, perhaps with one eye on the next General Election (due to take place by January 2025), the Labour Party has recently commissioned the Fabian Society to undertake an inquiry to develop a roadmap to a National Care Service for England, and to make recommendations to the Labour Party policy review and to Shadow Health and Social Care secretary, Wes Streeting MP.
The Fabian Society is an independent left-leaning think tank with over 7,000 members and a reputation for high quality and impactful work. It is affiliated to the Labour Party, and aims to influence political and public thinking and provide a space for broad and open-minded debate across the political spectrum.
The project is an independent study, and aims to present practical, workable proposals to gradually develop national entitlements, standards and funding models that will support the integration of social care with other public services and is designed around local accountability and individual preferences and needs.
SIA regularly supports spinal cord injured (SCI) people to secure the care they need to lead a fulfilled and happy life, be that through social care or NHS Continuing Health Care. We therefore felt it was important to make a submission to the inquiry, and to set out what we feel is needed to develop the social care sector, so it provides the outstanding support and service that SCI people deserve and can move out of the acute crisis that it’s currently in.
If you’d like to see what we’ve said to the Fabian Society, a copy of the submission can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Our submission to the Fabian Society
Please feel free to email any feedback to SIA’s Campaigns Manager, Dave Bracher.