NHS and Social Care Commission

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:21 pm on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley 3:21 pm, 28th January 2016

I understand some of the hon. Ladies points and have heard contributions about all aspects of health this afternoon. The central point of the motion is funding. The truth is that no political party in the past 40 or 50 years has put before the electorate a clear framework of what the state will pay out of the pooled funding we get from national insurance and income tax, and what people will add on top based on their income or assets to fund the future of social care. We have never had that proposition because it is not within the mix of a general election. In the bustle and the back and forth, a debate on that has not been allowed to happen. We, as politicians, are to blame.