Health Secretary unable to commit to capping cost of care

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06 August 2012

Health Secretary unable to commit to capping cost of care

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says he is “unable to commit” to capping the cost of care for the elderly, even though he would like to.

He also said that if the government was to proceed with plans to limit the amount individual would have to pay for care, the figure could be set as high as £100,000.  That figure would be almost three times the amount recommended in the Dilnot Commission report into tackling Britain’s care crisis.

The Health Secretary also made clear that while the Government supported the principle of capping the cost of care, as recommended by the Dilnot report, there could be no guarantee that the money for such a scheme will be found.
 
He said there were “immense financial pressures” and many other priorities and any decision will now await George Osborne’s spending review expected late next year or in 2014.

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