The Debate over Social Care
The worsening plight of social care and the financial problems posed for local government have been unveiled by a new National Audit Office Report, available HERE. But how can the problems be addressed, and how far can social care be integrated with the NHS as part of a longer term development?
These are complex questions. Professor Bob Hudson's BLOG is a basis of discussion, and while many campaigners will share some of these views, many will differ on his conclusions. The debate is an important one in shaping the policy of any future government to replace the Tories, so we invite campaigners to respond and develop this discussion, offer us your thoughts and suggestions, and help us develop a parallel campaign for properly funded and publicly accountable social care in parallel with the fight to defend, reinstate and fully fund our NHS.
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Links to other articles and analysis on social care:
- Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018 visualisation - NAO figures showing the massive scale of cuts in local government funding from Westminster since 2010.
- Stop telling people who need social care they aren’t eligible – be honest, there isn’t enough money - Interesting article from The Conversation: "Being told by an official that you don’t need the help you believe you do, just so as not to create an inconvenience for them, is not semantics, it’s deception. There is not sufficient money in the system."
- The NHS and Social Care are one family, we need to love them both – Keep Our NHS Public - Updated discussion article from Keep Our NHS Public
- Forecasting the care needs of the older population in England over the next 20 years - The Lancet Public Health article highlighted by the Guardian on August 30
- While Brexit dominates, the crisis in social care is deepening - Polly Toynbee joins some dots in a hard hitting Guardian update on the growing crisis in social care
- Beyond barriers How older people move between health and social care in England - Another reminder of how far the current health and care system is from any real "integration". Following comprehensive reviews of 20 local authority areas, the CQC has called for a new approach to the way the country runs health and care services.
The ‘Breaking Barriers’ report followed people’s journeys through the health and social care system and identified gaps where people experienced poor or fragmented care, with findings showing “the urgent necessity for real change.”
- Delay to green paper caps dismal 48 hours for social care - Still no sign of ministers recognising any urgency for action on social care crisis
- £1bn needed to stave off crisis, say social care bosses - Social care directors send another warning on under-funding
- The revision of the Relative Needs Formulae for adult social care funding and new allocation formulae for funding Care Act reforms - Complex researched report with lots of maths, but basically arguing far an adjustment of the formula for allocating financial support for social care, from PSSRU.
- A fork in the road: Next steps for social care funding reform - A joint report between the Health Foundation and the Kings Fund, which highlights low public awareness of social care and a lack of agreement on priorities for reform as major barriers to progress, despite apparent political consensus on the need for urgent action.
It argues that reforming the current system will be expensive, but states that if reform is chosen, England is now at a clear ‘fork in the road’ with a choice between "a better means-tested system" and one that is "more like the NHS" -- free at the point of use for those who need it.
- Plight of care home residents laid bare in damning report - Independent online report covering appeal by 80m charities for change of government line of squeezing social care as quality declines in care homes.
- Adult Social Care: An Intractable privatisation? - Professor Bob Hudson
- Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018 - National Audit Office