Our Social Care Needs Full Funding as NHS Continues to Be in Crisis.
This year’s winter health crisis should incentivise government to fully fund our social care system.
The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, said there cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable social care system. Urgent new funding to address the annual social care funding gap, which will reach £2.3 billion by 2020, is needed to avoid an all-year round NHS crisis.
Urgent action is needed to plug this social care funding gap to help alleviate the pressure on hospitals and avoid people being admitted to hospital in the first place. This will free up hospital beds and reduce pressures on the NHS.
Care Homes, hospitals and councils have also been working hard to help reduce delayed transfers of care from hospital.
No-one wants their loved ones stuck in hospital when they don’t need to be there. Care Homes want to help and are working hard to get people out of hospital and back into the community, close to their loved ones, this winter. Care Homes need extra funding now to address the immediate pressures older people are facing.