The health secretary told the Conservative Party convention that “we should not always go state first”.
Sajid Javid recommended the public to try their families and communities before seeking help from the state – and people couldn’t believe it.
Speaking on Tuesday during a Conservative Party convention, the health and social care secretary said: “The state needed more time in this pandemic than at any other time.
“But the government should not be the owner of all the risks and responsibilities in life. We as citizens have to take some responsibility for our health as well.
“We shouldn’t always go to the state first. What kind of society would that be?
“Health – and social care – begins at home. First the family, then the society, then the state.
“If you need support… we live in a kind, developed country that can help with that.”
Several Twitter accounts rebuked the health secretary for his poor advice, pointing out that most relatives are not trained medical professionals who can treat the sick.
Labor MP Jess Phillips was one of many who took their criticism online, tweeting: “I think Sajid Javid and the PM quit their jobs to look after their families who needed care.
“It was basically impossible to take care of my dying mother with two young kids and a full-time job. Oh, he didn’t mean to imply that people liked him. “
After 100 days in the role, Javid’s claims align with the traditional conservative ideology that the state should not always interfere.
The government has unveiled a number of controversial measures to try and reduce the pandemic-induced NHS backlog, including a massive 1.25 per cent increase in national insurance contributions.
Downing Street also promised that no one would have to pay more than £86,000 in social care bills in their lifetime, but this wage restriction does not start until October 2023.