MPs urge cross-party review of health and social care

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The heads of three Commons committees have urged the Prime Minister to call a cross-party review of the health and social care sector, saying services are ‘at breaking point’.

In a letter to Theresa May, MPs raised fears that other pressing issues such as Brexit and rail strikes meant that the ‘crisis’ in health and social care was not being addressed.

The message was sent jointly by Sarah Wollaston of the Health Committee, Meg Hillier of the Public Accounts Committee, and Clive Betts of the Communities and Local Government Committee. They urged Theresa May to find a ‘political consensus’ on funding social care in a sustainable way by 2020, adding that a cross-party review would be the best method of finding a solution.

Estimates from the Local Government Association suggest there will be a £2.6 billion funding gap in providing adult social care in England by 2020, while in December 2016 the government announced it would allow a rise in council tax of up to 6% over two years rather than three.

The letter to Ms May, however, says that a long-term solution will only be found with cross-party consensus.

‘Given the scale of rising demand,’ they wrote, ‘this immense challenge will face wh...