MPs are to hold an inquiry into adult social care in the wake of this week’s Dilnot commission report, it was announced today.
The health select committee probe, which will take place this autumn, will look at the development of a long-term approach to the funding and provision of care and support, including examining alternative models of commissioning and provision of health and social care.
This goes beyond the remit of the Dilnot commission, which focused on adult social care funding.
One option that the committee could consider is the full integration of health and social care, something that committee chair Stephen Dorrell is in favour of.
Dorrell said: “There are few more important issues in health and social care policy than how we pay for adult social care. The work of the Dilnot commission has provided a valuable start. The government has announced that it will publish a White Paper in the spring of next year. This inquiry is intended to contribute to the development of a broad based policy in this area.”
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