Labour Welsh government must not repeat scandal of social care cuts in England

BMJ report warns that social care cuts leads to more deaths

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Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Public Health and Social Services Dr Dai Lloyd has warned the Labour government in Wales not to repeat the scandal of social care cuts in England after a new analysis of data showed that cuts to social care in England have contributed to more than 22,000 deaths per year.

Dai Lloyd referenced figures published in the British Medical Journal that show that cuts to social care have led to more deaths than constraints on NHS spending.

The research found that for every £10 cut in spending per head on social care, there was an increase of 5.1 deaths per 100,000 people.

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Public Health and Social Services Dr Dai Lloyd said:

“The figures are indefensible – they show the very real effect that cuts are having on people’s lives. Cuts to social care has led to thousands of potentially unnecessary deaths across England, and we can be certain that the same is true in Wales.

“Just like the Conservative UK Government, the Labour government in Wales has chosen to protect the NHS budget at the expense of social care. This research just highlights the clear dangers of doing this.

“The NHS and social care budget should be viewed as one – cutting one will only put more pressure on the other. That’s why Plaid Cymru wants to invest in both the NHS and social care, and want to integrate the two so neither is cut.

“It’s time to bring the culture of cuts to an end. Plaid Cymru is the only party that has consistently opposed the UK Government’s needless budget cuts and we will continue to fight for properly resourced health and social care services the serve the people of Wales.”

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