Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NO SIGN GOVERNMENT WILL CLARIFY CARE DEMARCATION - CLAIM

  • Comment
The health service's increased speed of turnover in getting patients out of hospitals inevitably put pressure on so...
The health service's increased speed of turnover in getting patients out of hospitals inevitably put pressure on social services budgets, Rob Sykes, Oxfordshire social services head of operations, told BBC Oxford.

Commenting on last night's BBC TV Panorama programme, which highlighted conflicts with health authorities over deciding whether a person required medical treatment or social care, Mr Sykes said:

'We take the stance there is no point in us fighting between us. We have to make the best use of the money available between us. If there is a national issue about the amount of money available, we should take that up at a national level'.

he said health and social services had to work co-operatively to do their best for Oxfordshire's elderly people.

Panorama reporter Sarah Berkely said disputes over whether care should be provided through the health service or local authority social services were very common and were happening in many parts of the country.

'In one part of the country you can get long term care free on the national health service. In another part of the country you might have exactly the same condition and find you are having to contribute to the cost of your care.

'It is a lottery of care because there are no national rules for what is social care and what is health care. Many people say the government should lay down some sort of eligibility criteria so that people would at least know what to expect'.

She added the grey area affected those who were very highly dependent, whose needs cannot be met entirely in the community and who needed a lot of nursing care but, the health service argued, did not need medical care. There were no signs that the government was to act to tighten up interpretation or say that locally authorities must reach agreement.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.