Alan Whitehead MP today challenged Jeremy Hunt on the disproportionate cuts that have been made to Southampton’s social care budget.
Southampton City Council’s social care budget has been cut to a greater extent than that of surrounding local authorities. Alan was keen to point out that the lack of social care services in the city may have resulted in increased pressure on Southampton’s accident and emergency department.
Speaking in Parliament during an urgent question on A&E services, Alan asked:
“Does the Secretary of State now regret the draconian, disproportionate and possibly politically motivated cuts that have been inflicted on Southampton’s social care provision, in terms of the ability of Southampton to support Southampton General Hospital in moving people into social care, away from A&E?
Will he have a word with his Minister from DCLG [Eric Pickles] to get that put right?”
Unfortunately Mr Hunt declined to address Alan’s point directly.