Caring for the Elderly

Part of Opposition Day — [16th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:19 pm on 15th July 2009.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Shadow Minister (Health) 5:19 pm, 15th July 2009

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for clarifying that technicality. I was talking about the partnership ideal, but I accept that our policy is a version, based on the Wanless model, of what we believe to be genuine partnership.

Let me quote the Prime Minister again. Back in 1993, at the Labour party conference, he said:

"I want the next Labour Government to achieve what in 50 years of the welfare state has never yet been achieved-the end of the means test for our elderly people".

I am afraid that, twelve and a half years into the present Government, that is very much not the case.

Let me now turn to the Conservatives-