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Spring Budget 2017: CSA Response

March 8, 2017

The Care and Support Alliance’s response to the March Budget, 2017.

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

“Today’s announcement is a welcome reprieve for social care but it isn’t a long term fix

“By committing an extra £1bn for social care in 17/18 and £1bn for the following two years, the Government has finally started listened to older people, disabled people and their carers to recognise the scale of the social care crisis.

“The Chancellor talked about fairness, however this money doesn’t create a fair social care system on its own; it just keeps our unfair social care system as it is for yet another year. The Government must ensure that all of this money benefits social care.

“The Green Paper on the future financing of social care must not kick this issue into the long grass and must quickly set out plans for a sustainable social care system. The clock is ticking and our social care system is still in crisis.

“Our current system is brutally unfair and leaves at least 1.2million adults without the basic care they need. Currently, inadequate social care puts people’s health at risk, increases pressure on families, means the NHS has to provide more expensive care to look after neglected people, and sees many care homes and other services closing because they aren’t given a fair price for care.

“This budget keeps the wolf from the door for another year. The Government must act quickly on longer term reforms.”

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

Delayed discharge continues to strain NHS

January 12, 2017

Delayed discharge figures, published today by NHS England, continue to demonstrate the increasing impact of social care underfunding.

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

“These figures give us an indication of the state of the NHS itself and clearly it’s in a critical condition, with today’s numbers being the highest recorded in the month of November since records began (1).

“The Government needs to find a cure to the unnecessary pressure social care is placing on our overstretched NHS.

“Social care is driving people to hospitals and GPs, as they have nowhere else to turn. People who need care at home for basics like eating, washing and getting out of bed are falling into crisis, needing hospital care and then because of the lack of social care, aren’t able to leave hospital.

“This social care crisis, needs immediate attention, the Government haven’t adequately filled the widening financial hole in social care budgets and so social care demands will continue to overwhelm the NHS. Last year alone saw the NHS losing 650,000 bed days (2), costing up to £300 million (3) a number that will inevitably rise as we get deeper into winter.”

“The Government must not dismiss the growing calls for greater investment into social care, otherwise, more and more people who could receive the care they need at home will be trapped in NHS wards.”

1 ) November delayed discharge figures: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/06/November-16-DTOC-SPN.pdf

2 ) 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

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. 

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.”

Ends

–       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.