Sajid Javid has said that health and social care “starts at home” and that people should rely on their families rather than the state first.
The health secretary’s remarks came during his speech at the Conservative Party convention in Manchester on Tuesday.
Mr Javid said: “The state needed more time in this pandemic than any other time. But the government should not take all the risks and responsibilities in life. We as citizens have to take some responsibility for our health as well.
“We shouldn’t always go to the state first. What kind of society would that be?
“Health – and social care – begins at home. First the family, then the society, then the state.
“If you need support, we live in a kind, developed country that can help with that. There are few higher callings than taking care of another person.”
The comments came after the government announced in September the introduction of a new health and social care tax, which would begin April next year as a 1.25 percent increase in national insurance.
The controversial plans were met with much criticism from leaders in social care, with the promised additional £12bn a year not enough to address the current crisis.
During his speech, Mr. Javid recalled his work voluntarily in a care home.
He also warned that NHS waiting list times “get worse before they get better”, promising “the biggest catch-up fund in NHS history”, with priority alternative recoveries, check-ups, scans and With focus on. surgery.
The Bromsgrove MP reiterated that when he began his role in June he was told the NHS waiting list could reach 13 million.
Mr Javid said: “My priorities are simple: COVID, recovery, recovery. COVID – Getting us through, and keeping us out of the pandemic. Recovery – Dealing with huge backlog of appointments due to this. and improving our health and social care systems for the long term.
“Any reform is not easy, otherwise it would have already happened. But if we fix it, no, when we fix it, we won’t be building the way things were.
“We will build a future where our health and social care systems are more seamlessly integrated together, where British life sciences lead the world on new treatments, where we not only have the best surgeons, but There are robots performing life-saving surgeries.”
The health disparities deepened, said the health secretary, who said the difference in healthy life expectancy between Blackpool and Richmond-on-Thames is about 20 years. “It is time to raise the level of health,” he said.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak also touched on the changes made to health and social care, calling the decision to increase national insurance “at least the worst option”.
Mr Sunak dismissed the VAT as being too regressive, instead citing the “historic link” between National Insurance and the Health Service, the former originally set up to pay for the NHS.
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