Plaid Cymru’s plans to extend free social care to the elderly and those with dementia will restore the core values of the NHS, the party’s Shadow Economy Minister Elin Jones has said.
Elin Jones said that Plaid Cymru’s proposals would widen the NHS’ remit, bringing it closer to Aneurin Bevan’s original vision than any other party had done before, taking away the hurdle of means-testing for charges.
Plaid Cymru has promised to deliver:
• Free non-residential personal care for older people within the first two years of a Plaid Cymru government.
• Scrap nursing and residential care charges for those with dementia will be abolished within five years.
• Abolish all remaining social care charges for the elderly within the second term of a Plaid Cymru government.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said:
“Plaid Cymru is proposing historic change that will put the needs of patients back at the heart of the NHS. The NHS was always intended to care free at the point of need for everyone who needs it – only Plaid Cymru is promising to deliver that care.
“Our plans will save people up to £30,000 every year. It is a significant commitment, but it is a commitment that we believe is important to make.
“Plaid Cymru will restore the values of the NHS, making care free at the point of need for everyone who needs it. This is about keeping the social contract with people who have worked all through their lives, have paid their taxes and who now need care. It is the government’s place to care for those people, and Plaid Cymru is the only party promising to deliver that care.”