Social Care Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 23rd June 2021.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Labour, Wirral West 12:44 pm, 23rd June 2021

Instead of bringing forward plans to fix the social care crisis as the Prime Minister has promised, the Government intend to put in place a legal framework for a discharge to assess model, whereby NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care assessments can take place after an individual has been discharged from acute care, instead of before. The Government have told me that an independent evaluation of the implementation of the hospital discharge policy is currently under way, and that it is due to report this autumn. Will the Minister tell us why the Government are pressing ahead with this policy, despite not yet fully understanding the impact that it is having on patients and unpaid carers?