In reaction to the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:

“Jeremy Hunt's reappointment as Secretary of State for Health cannot simply lead to business as usual.  His urgent priority must be to tackle the underfunding of our National Health Service and the growing crisis in the ‘Cinderella’ service of social care.  Too many people are stuck in hospital beds longer than they need to be, waiting times to see GPs are increasing, and hundreds of thousands of frail and elderly people continue to struggle with basis tasks such as washing, dressing and eating as cuts to social care continue to bite.  Now is the time for the Secretary of State to be bold and consider long-lasting, cross-party solutions to creating a health and care system that will properly support our ageing population. “

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