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FOSTER CALLS FOR SHIFT IN SOCIAL SVS & HEALTH EXPENDITURE

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More investment in community services is needed to help elderly people stay in their homes instead of having to sta...
More investment in community services is needed to help elderly people stay in their homes instead of having to stay in hospital or residential care, Audit Commission controller Andrew Foster told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this mroning.

'We want to see a shift in expenditure', he said. 'We need more home helps, more meals on wheels, more night sitting services' which can enable elderly people to be cared for at home.

Health and social services need to work and plan together to use existing money wisely, Mr Foster told the programme. There were examples of good practice, such as in Cornwall, he said, where elderly people's needs are assessed quickly so that action can be taken.
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