Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of failing to explain how he will fund social care as part of his new health strategy, leaving families facing uncertainty over whether they will have access to free care.
The Labour leader gave a speech outlining his plans for “ambitious” reform of the healthcare system, including more community integration and focus on preventative care.
An accompanying document outlined a 10-year strategy for social care reform – but it did not contain detail of how it will be funded, or whether it will ensure more free care access.
Experts said that ensuring more people have access to publicly funded social care was the “single biggest issue” facing the sector and urged Labour to clarify how it plans to address this.
Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting confirmed last year that Labour intended to bring forward plans for a national care system but the financial