Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the Health Select Committee Report on Social Care, said:
"Today’s report is clear that we need far more closely integrated health and social care services to improve care for older people and deliver better value for money.
"David Cameron's Government has wasted 18 months on its disastrous and wasteful NHS reorganisation instead of focusing on what older people really need.
"The Committee’s report highlights that some of the best examples of integrated care have been achieved by Care Trusts, which will be swept away by the Government’s own Health and Social Care Bill.
"To meet the twin challenges of unmet need and rising demand for care for older people we must tackle the immediate care crisis and ensure a fair and effective funding system for social care in future. Labour is determined to play our part in improving care for older people and their families through the cross party talks on funding social care that are currently underway."