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DEVON REPORT DAMNS SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM

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Devon CC has criticised the national social care system as being 'confused, flawed and failing the expectations of ...
Devon CC has criticised the national social care system as being 'confused, flawed and failing the expectations of elderly people'.

A report by director of social services David Johnstone claims that a 20-year legacy of poorly planned and badly co-ordinated national policies and provision has

resulted in 'chronic and significant under-funding' of local government social services.

The report warns that 'without a radical whole-systems re-appraisal there will be limited scope to achieve best value, or best service, in meeting the accommodation needs of the frail elderly'.

The report says a number of strategies to support the elderly are needed. These include accommodating the wish of older people to live safely in their own homes, and more re-ablement. The reports' findings reinforce the council's campaign in partnership with the south west's 14 other major councils to win a fair funding deal from central government for care services in the region (30 November, 2001).

www.devon.gov.uk

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