Sajid Javid’s discourtesy over four month non-response to social care letter is deplorable – The Yorkshire Post says

FINALLY The Yorkshire Post – and its readers – owe a deep debt of gratitude to Mike Padgham for his persistence in highlighting the specific challenges facing the social care sector.

Sajid Javid is the Health and Social Care Secretary.
Sajid Javid is the Health and Social Care Secretary.

That Boris Johnson has begun to unveil proposals is thanks, in no small part, to Mr Padgham, the owner of a Scarborough care home, holding Ministers to account with his regular columns, and letters, in this newspaper.

North Yorkshire social care campaigner Mike Padgham.

What is discourteous and deplorable is the reluctance of Ministers and officials to engage with Mr Padgham who recently featured on a compelling fly-on-the-wall BBC1 documentary presented by Ed Balls, a former Shadow Chancellor.

Though it became standard for Matt Hancock, as Health Secretary, to ignore correspondence, however constructive, it is disappointing that his successor Sajid Javid is doing likewise. Four months for a non-response which also ignored the staffing crisis in social care is not on. Consider this an official warning, Mr Javid.

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