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CARE ASSESSMENT ROLE MAY BE LOST

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The community care minister has suggested stripping councils of their role in assessing social care clients. ...
The community care minister has suggested stripping councils of their role in assessing social care clients.

Stephen Ladyman said the current system, in which councils carried out assessments and commissioned services, was a recipe for conflicts of interest given budgetary pressures.

He said this could lead to councils under-assessing users' needs and suggested that other bodies could provide assessments.

Association of Directors of Social Services president Andrew Cozens said: 'I don't think there are any serious flaws in the idea. But it needs to be carefully thought through.'

The Department of Health said it was 'just an idea'. Dr Ladyman debated as part of the government's consultation on a strategy for adult services (LGC, 30 April).
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