SOCIAL care should be free just like NHS treatment, two ex-health ministers claim.
Lord Darzi and Lord Prior want to move away from means-tested care funded by people themselves, councils or a combination of both.
Paul Rogers – The Times Lord Darzi (pictured) and Lord Prior, two ex-health ministers, have said social care should be free
They say slashing the number of health boards from 244 to ten will help fund their radical plan.
They called on ministers to give hospitals and GPs an extra £60billion by 2030, up from the current £123billion. And they want social care spend doubled from £17billion to £36billion.
In a report for the IPPR think tank, the former minsters called for a 1p rise in national insurance to pay for the splurge.
This must come alongside a restructuring of the NHS, they said. Tory Lord Prior, co-author of a Green Paper on funding due this summer, said: “Simply putting more money into the NHS and hoping for the best will not work.
Alamy The two peers called on the government to give the NHS £60billion by 2030