Care England responds to Streeting speech

Care England has responded to a speech by the new secretary of state for health and social Care, Wes Streeting.

Speaking at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Streeting announced his intention to expand the Department of Health and Social Care’s focus to look at boosting economic growth with the following three steps:

  1. By cutting waiting times and improving public health, the government will support people with their health and speed up their return to work, while maintaining the good health of those in work.
  2. The government will make the UK a life sciences and medical technology powerhouse. By ensuring the NHS works hand-in-hand with life sciences research institutions and medical technology companies, the government will drive the development of new treatments and help grow the industries.
  3. The government will use the NHS and social care’s role as local and regional anchor institutions as engines of economic growth, by providing training and job opportunities to local people across the country.

In response, Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England said: “For too long, health and social care has been seen as a drain of economic resource, but Wes Streeting's commitment to make economic growth a priority for the Department of Health and Social Care is a refreshing reframing of the narrative that so often surrounds our sector. As the largest employer in the country, our sector already contributes over £60bn to the economy. With the right investment, a stable and sustainable social care sector can drive economic growth, add significant value to the economy, and provide meaningful employment for people of all ages up and down the country.”

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