The letter warns that "2017 cannot be another year where the huge issues are ducked" and that unless bold action is taken now, "millions of older, ill and disabled people and their carers will continue to be let down".
This follows calls from three Select Committee Chairs, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Health Committee), Meg Hillier MP (Public Accounts Committee) and Clive Betts MP (Communities and Local Government Committee) for a cross-party agreement on health and social care funding.
The letter calls for the Prime Minister to adopt a bold approach to finding a longer term solution to the challenges facing health and social care services in England.
Making a difference to unpaid carers
The 75 organisations and leading voices signed up to the letter are clear that the solutions put forward at the end of the process, should have the support of all parties.
They should also ultimately make a difference to the lives of many older, ill and disabled people and their unpaid carers who rely on health and care services.
The open letter calls for the cross-party process to be:
- Inclusive: established by the government with all parties involved
- Open: listening to the public and professionals who use and work in these services every day
- Urgent: ensuring that all work across the parties gets underway without delay