National Health Service

Part of Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:19 pm on 21st January 2015.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Shadow Secretary of State for Health 3:19 pm, 21st January 2015

My answer to the right hon. Gentleman’s question is that I want a single service: a single service for the whole person. I want a national health and care service. We should no longer have two budgets; we should have a single budget, and we should then use the money as best we can to support people, starting in their own homes—and we are going to invest an extra £2.5 billion.

The right hon. Gentleman did not answer the question that I asked him. I asked him whether he and his Government colleagues, in those early days, made a mistake in allowing social care to be cut to the bone? Every week I am accused of saying that it is irresponsible to give real-terms increases. The right hon. Gentleman allowed social care to be raided. Should we not receive an apology for that today?