The King's Fund responds to the Secretary of State for Health’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference

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Responding to the Secretary of State for Health’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Anna Dixon, the Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘The health and social care system has failed to keep pace with changing health needs, especially for frail older people with multiple conditions, so Jeremy Hunt’s commitment to making care for older people a key priority is welcome. It is important that this is reflected in the finalised Mandate, the mechanism by which the Secretary of State will hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account.

‘To meet the needs of older people, improving care in the NHS must go hand-in-hand with reform of social care. So, while we welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to implementing the Dilnot proposals, the details on how this will be paid for and a timetable for implementation are now urgently needed.

‘Jeremy Hunt was right to stress the importance of the failures in care at Mid Staffs and elsewhere, but the government must not rush to introduce regulation of managers. Trust boards are accountable for quality of care. Regulation must support good governance and effective leadership within providers.’

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