Responding to Labour’s manifesto, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare system, said:
“Health leaders believe that the social care crisis is having a damaging effect on the NHS and on patient care so free personal care for older people is welcome.
“We do not see anything in the long term plan to advance privatisation and the reality is that without private provision of NHS services patients would wait far longer for their care and have less choice.
“Whoever is in power we believe the vast bulk of NHS care will remain publicly provided and we are pleased that all the main parties have committed to the principle of universal free care paid out of taxation. At the same time most patients have indicated that they are relaxed over who provides their NHS care providing it is high quality and remains free at the point of use.”