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Funding Settlement for the health service in England

Part of NHS Funding Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 3:30 pm, 4th February 2020

It was always the final point, and it is very much the final point.

The other area that is essential for capacity is the social care system. My hon. Friend David Simmonds talked about how money can be wasted. One of the biggest wastes of money is that we pay for people to be in hospital beds, which cost three times as much as care home beds, because we do not have the capacity in the social care system. It is very important that we encourage people to save for the future and protect people against losing their homes, but if we want to see a change in the NHS in the next five years it is fundamental that we increase the ability of local authorities to deliver adult social care to people who cannot afford it. At the moment, they do not have enough to do that, and we must put that right.