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Delayed discharge is an ‘ever increasing problem’

February 9, 2017

The Care and Support Alliance responds to the delayed discharge figures published by NHS England.

 Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“Today’s figures are another indication of how much pressure our health and social care system is under.

“There is no plan on how to stop the ever increasing problem of people being left in hospital, which delays patient’s recovery and costs the NHS millions. This is a national crisis.

“On Tuesday, a report by the National Audit Office (3) showed the Government’s plan to integrate health and care is not working. The Government urgently needs a plan, backed up with funding, to fix the crisis in our care system.

“A lack of social care means more people are going to A&E, and a third of delayed discharge is caused by social care not being in place. Undoubtedly the funding crisis in social care is heaping needless pressure onto on over stretch NHS.

“Last year alone we saw the NHS losing 650,000 bed days (1), costing the up to £300 million (2).

“The Government needs to urgently address people’s care needs and fill the gap in social care funding.”

Note to Editors

1 .Delayed Transfers of Care Data 2016-17 https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/06/July-16-DTOC-SPN.pdf

2. Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: Unwarranted variations. An independent report for the Department of Health by Lord Carter of Coles

3. National Audit Office report: https://www.nao.org.uk/press-release/health-and-social-care-integration/

The Care and Support Alliance represents more than 90 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care

Council tax rise to pay for care is ‘a drop in the ocean’

December 15, 2016

Today, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid presented the local government settlement, allowing councils to increase council tax by 6% over two years to raise extra funds for adult social care.

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“We welcome any extra money for our chronically underfunded care system which currently leaves at least 1 million older and disabled people without the care they need.

“But this temporary injection of cash is a drop in the ocean and  does nothing to solve the long challenges facing the system.

“The crisis in care has resulted in unnecessary pressure on the NHS, with delayed discharge reaching record highs. Fixing our social care crisis will free up NHS beds and budget.

“This Government needs to urgently look at a long-term funding solution to create a care system that we all want to see, which ensures: there are beds in care homes for people who need it; that home care gives people dignity in their own home; that carers don’t have to work themselves into ill health to care for their family; and that hospitals don’t have to prop up a falling system.”

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–       The Care and Support Alliance represents over 90 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.

Supportive Statistics

–  Government investment in social care has fallen by one third in the last five years (2010 – 2015). This amounts to an overall shortfall of £4.6 billion in investment in social care, due to £1.6 billion worth of cash cuts in social care budgets: https://www.adass.org.uk/media/5379/adass-budget-survey-report-2016.pdf#sthash.5jIFKZuB.dpuf

– More than a million older and disabled people are unable to get the care they need. Source: Age UK, Health and Care of Older People: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/Research/Briefing-The_Health_and_Care_of_Older_People_in_England-2015-UPDATED_JAN2016.pdf?dtrk=true#sthash.5jIFKZuB.dpuf

-Delayed discharge rates are at record breaking highs and at levels we normally only see during winter crisis:https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/2016-17-data/#sthash.5jIFKZuB.dpuf

Care and Support Alliance responds to reports that the Government will increase the social care precept

December 14, 2016

Reports today suggest that the Government plan to increase the social care precept to 6% over the next year two years, amounting to a total increase of 1%. You can read our response to the reports below.

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“Having ignored social care at the Autumn Statement it is a relief that the Government looks set to acknowledged one of the biggest issues facing the country – the crisis in providing care for older and disabled people.

“It is being reported that councils will be given a 6% rise but looking closely it could be as little as an extra 1% each year for the next two years. This could raise a measly £181m extra each year even though approximately £1bn is needed each year just to maintain services every year up to 2020.

“It is claimed that raising the precept would also cause a postcode lottery in care – but unlike a lottery it is predictable who would win from the funding arrangement. Poorer areas, that have less ability to raise funds, will suffer the most and affluent areas that have less need for care will be able to raise more.

“We are concerned for those that rely on care that the Prime Minister has failed to grasp the scale of the problem. This Government urgently look at funding a care system that we all want to see and ensures: there are beds in care homes for people who need it; that home care gives people dignity in their own home; that carers don’t have to work themselves into ill health to care for their family; and that hospitals don’t have to prop up a falling system.

 

Yet another month of record-breaking delayed discharge

December 9, 2016

The latest delayed discharge figures published by NHS England show that figures remain at a record-breaking high for the fourth consecutive month. You can read our response below.

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:

 “Today’s figures show hospitals wards are still being used as an inadequate substitute for proper care in people’s homes. This is the fourth consecutive month that delayed discharge figures have been at record levels, a damming sign of how much pressure the NHS is under. This is also proof that this is no longer a one-off but a continuing trend in how the system is caring for some of society’s most vulnerable people.

“This winter, without emergency measures, health and care services will simply fail many of those that need them.

“Last year alone a lack of social care for patients wanting to leave hospital lost the NHS 650,000 bed days (2), costing up to £300 million (3).

“It is imperative that the Government now listens to the coalition of voices, including from members of their own party, who unanimously agree that to achieve ‘a country that works for everyone’ the funding crisis in social care must be urgently addressed.”

ENDS

1) Delayed Transfers of Care Data, October 2016

2) Delayed Transfers of Care Data 2016-17 

3) Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: Unwarranted variations. An independent report for the Department of Health by Lord Carter of Coles

 

Chancellor is ‘deeply irresponsible’ for ignoring social care

November 23, 2016

The Care and Support Alliance’s response to the Government’s Autumn Statement 2016.

Vicky McDermott, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, said:

“Ignoring the social care crisis is deeply irresponsible. The sector couldn’t be clearer on how dire the situation is for social care and those that rely on it.

“The opportunity to address the financial black hole in social care in his first set piece statement was an opportunity missed by the Chancellor. He set out the priorities for this Government and talked up the country’s strong economy but by failing to mention social care he showed that having a strong economy does not include protecting some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“For anyone who personally knows about the struggle of not getting the care they need, paying more for care, or having to stay in hospital because care is not available, will be shocked that this Government has failed to address the social care crisis. Ever shrinking provision is leaving people without the care they need to get dressed, eat or leave the house in every region of our country.

“Despite more people needing care, investment has shrunk by a third in just five years (1). It has resulted in unnecessary pressure on the NHS, with delayed discharge reaching record highs.

“The Chancellor’s decision to omit social care from his Autumn statement suggests he has yet to grasp the enormity of the challenge before the country.”  

Note to Editors

(1) Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Budget Report 2016 :

The Care and Support Alliance represents over 90 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning alongside the millions of older people, disabled people and their carers who deserve decent care.

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