LibLink: Sal Brinton; The NHS can’t work without a sustainable social care system

As the NHS turned 70 this week, Sal Brinton looked back at the development of social care policy and outlined the Government’s failings:

… since 2015, the new Conservative Government has dithered and delayed, repeatedly promising that they would sort out the social care funding problem.

We still await the Green Paper promised in the Conservative 2017 Manifesto – with a side skirmish of the Dementia Tax, a form of inverse Dilnot, which so outraged voters it was dropped mid election.

Councils have faced massive cuts to all services, including making £6bn savings in adult social care since 2010. They are still being asked to make more each year at the same time as coping with increased numbers of elderly in their communities. Worse, one of Seebohm’s key pillars, public health, has taken a double hit, with £200m cut in 2015 and a further reduction of £331m proposed.

The numbers are shocking enough, but the reality of reductions in funding is reduction in services to vulnerable adults, increased charges to clients, and distressing waits for people to be discharged from hospital to receive care in their communities.

It is also affecting our NHS minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day.

The recent announcement by the Government to rename the Department of Health into the Department of Health and Social Care on its own will do nothing without the funding.

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3 Comments

  • William Fowler 9th Jul '18 - 6:40am

    “Politicians talked as if tax cuts were the normal state of British politics.”
    Except the tax take went up as taxes fell and the reverse will happen if taxes go up by the large amount that is suggested. The legacy we are going to leave our children post Brexit is falling tax revenues and the need for some much deeper cuts to compensate. By all means work out a decent combined health/social care budget, inflation proof it and ring-fence it but then the serious business of fairly spending the rest of the money (a lot less that is currently spent) has to be sorted out.

    Scotland is integrating health and social care, why no analysis of how increased social care spending is saving health money? How many people actually need social care (it is a surprisingly small number given our aged population) and how much is currently being spent and how much of that is wasted on private agencies? Before trying to tax the populace into oblivion some sensible analysis of current spending is needed.

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