Jeremy Hunt has unveiled social care plans as tries to beat frontrunner Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
The Foreign Secretary vowed to help elderly Britons spend their final days in “dignity and respect” by finding a way to make it easier for families to care for their loved ones in the comfort of their own home. Mr Hunt finished second in the first round of his party’s leadership contest on Thursday, on 43 votes, trailing behind Mr Johnson’s backing of 114 MPs. The former Health Secretary is now using his take on the social care crisis as a last-ditch attempt to whip up support before the next ballot on Tuesday.
Mr Hunt, who is backed by Work & Pensions Secretary and Tory moderate Amber Rudd and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, said Britain should look to European countries when trying to figure out how to deal with social care.
He said the reason why some nations spend less on caring for their elderly than the UK, yet do not have a crisis on their hands, could be down to the fact that “families stick together”.
He told The Mail on Sunday: “Part of our Conservative vision must be that every single old person lives out their days with dignity and respect.
“We've got to tackle the problem at its heart and ask ourselves why countries like Italy and Spain spend less on social care than us, yet don't have a social care crisis when we do.”