Social Care at Tipping Point?
There have been two significant reports published this week by the Kings Fund & Nuffield health and the Richmond Group of charities both highlighting the financial pressures facing the care sector and the human consequences of the reductions in care support that individuals are facing. The reports have received widespread coverage in the media today along with the launch by the BBC of their care app explaining how care services for older people operate and the variation in costs across the country.
ADASS nationally have issued a statement which highlights the message many councils have been making:
“We’re now at a tipping point where social care is in jeopardy, and unless the Government addresses the chronic underfunding of the sector, there will be worrying consequences for the NHS and, most importantly, older and disabled people, their families and carers. Social care providers are under unprecedented pressure and the NHS will have to pick up the pieces when they fail.
We support the King’s Fund report particularly the call that, as a minimum, the forthcoming Autumn Statement must recognise the scale of the immediate funding pressures facing the sector by bringing forward the additional Better Care Fund money planned from 2018/19.”
We would encourage colleagues across the West Midlands to read the reports and share widely with colleagues, partners and family to highlight the message that the government should seek to address the chronic underfunding as part of the forth coming autumn statement
Peter Hay and Martin Samuels
Co-Chairs West Midlands ADASS
Please find links below to the reports and statements