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Steve Barclay refuses to say NHS in England is functioning properly | NHS

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The health secretary has twice refused to say that the National Health Service It is working well, as it defended delays to limit the cost of social care, stressing that it was targeting the “immediate problem” of a backlog of operations and ambulance delays.

Steve Barclay said it had been a difficult decision to delay Boris Johnson’s plans for “fix welfare”, and admitted that the health service was under “severe pressure”.

An estimate 540,000 people in England they are awaiting social care, financial assessment or a review.

Barclay denied that the government has given up limiting the costs of social care, and was challenged by a viewer on BBC Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, who said the backlog of people requiring care was “literally killing people”.

Barclay said: “It is a very difficult decision to delay those reforms. We remain committed to them, but we recognize that there is an immediate problem, particularly in the hospitals, where we have 13,500 people who are ready to be discharged but we can’t. That’s having a ripple effect in areas like ambulances and flow through the hospital.”

The government announced this week that the changes finalized a year ago are designed to deliver on a 2019 Tory manifesto promise to “fix social care”. they were going to be delayed. They include increasing the amount of assets a person can hold before they get state funding for social care from £23,250 to £100,000, as well as limiting lifetime care costs to £86,000.

Barclay blamed the delay on the pandemic, saying the number of people waiting more than a year for an operation had been just 1,300 before Covid and had now risen to 400,000.

“Delay these [social care] The reforms allow us to solve the real challenges that we are seeing in our A&E departments and in our ambulance services,” he said.

Asked twice if the health service was working properly, Barclay did not say yes. Instead, he said the NHS was “under great pressure” and that despite “very real challenges” in drafting Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement, there would be an additional £6.6bn over the next two years for the health in england

Explaining why he wanted to reduce the number of NHS targets, Barclay told Sky News there was a place for them, but added: “If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.”

He said officials at the local level were “better able to tailor priorities to their local needs.”

As nurses prepare to strike for the first time, Barclay said her “door is open” and that she had met the heads of the Royal College of Nurses and Unison this week.

Gary Smith, the general secretary of the GMB union, said he was “red-hot” at the health secretary’s assurances. He said Barclay was “misled and quite dishonest” that there were productive meetings that could reduce the strike.

He called on the government to remove non-residential status for some 70,000 super-rich people who live in the UK but pay no tax on their overseas income, and reinstate the cap on bankers’ bonuses to help give more money to the NHS.

Meanwhile, shadow jobs and pensions secretary Jonathan Ashworth refused to know how much money Labor would give to the NHS, but said the party would fund it adequately by growing the economy.

“We are not in government today, and when we are in government we will do a full needs assessment of the NHS and fund it appropriately,” he said.

“You have to grow your economy. One of the ways that it grows its economy, particularly after 12 years of this poor economic performance under the conservativesit’s that we need to invest in jobs and skills.

“So we will create new jobs through green industrial investment in renewable energy and hydrogen, but we will also help get more people to work, because we have disease rates: 2.5 million people are forced to leave work due to the disease, an increasing number. of those over 50 who also leave the labor market”.

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