NHS: Debt - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness McDonagh Baroness McDonagh Labour 2:52 pm, 23rd January 2017

I must start by apologising to the Minister, but I do not recognise reality in that Answer. The Government have cut £1.8 billion from social care during this period, which has led to the escalation of the £2.5 billion in NHS debt. I do not know whether it is a case of incompetence or ideology, but the Government have set about providing us with the most expensive and worst system of care for the elderly in the western world. Will the Minister use all his powers of persuasion to do what the Chancellor wanted to do last year and persuade the Prime Minister to put more money into local authorities for social care? It will save lives and money.