Saturday, April 20, 2024

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price asks PM Boris Johnson for debate on old age

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to praise his decision to raise taxes to pay for health care.

Ms Doyle-Price said: “The public will welcome the certainty in my right hon. Friend’s announcement today, particularly with regard to the cap and the floor, but does he agree that it is time that we had a real and informed debate about the nature of old age, now that we are all living longer?

“The longer that we can live independently, the better it is for everyone’s wellbeing, and we can all make lifestyle choices to encourage that. Does he agree that we need a fair debate about new models of care and housing models to encourage exactly that discussion?

The prime minister, Boris Johnson said: “My hon. Friend is completely right. One of the things that we are bringing in today is the housing and innovation fund, to ensure that we care for people in the right settings.

“She is completely right that there is no point in having residential care when a domiciliary option would be better, more effective and perhaps less expensive.

“That is exactly the right approach. The patterns of care and way we do things will change and improve—very rapidly, I believe”.


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