Liz McInnes has challenged the government to suggest how Rochdale borough and other local authorities can continue to deliver nursing care in the face of funding cuts and nursing shortages.
Liz was speaking in parliament and asked Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak: “This year’s precept of 1% raises only 0.8% of our total adult social care budget in the Borough of Rochdale. With nursing home beds being converted into residential beds because of providers’ difficulties in recruiting and retaining nurses, how does the Minister suggest that my local authority provides the nursing home beds that my constituents so desperately need?”
The government Minister responded with the claim that the government have increased funding for social care, something disputed by social care providers and local government leaders. Since 2010 when the Tories came to power, local authority social care budgets have been cut by £7billion, and last week the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) warned that the system was close to collapse and that it needed £1billion to avoid crisis.
Liz McInnes MP said: “It's clear from the Minister's response that the government are firmly in denial over the growing social care crisis.
Instead of burying their heads in the sand about the impact of their cuts to local government, the Tories need to recognise the reality of the situation and immediately pledge the necessary funding to local authorities and the care sector so that all those in need of support can have the quality of care they deserve.”