Cuts to local authority social care budgets are damaging the NHS according to health finance leaders surveyed by a think tank.
The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report found 88% of NHS trust finance directors and 80% of clinical commissioning group finance leads surveyed thought social care cuts were hitting health services.
The survey found delayed discharges from hospital in August hit their highest level for the time of year since 2007. Nearly a third of the delays were caused by problems getting social care – an increase of 21% in a year.
The think tank called for the government to protect social care from further cuts and reinvest in social care the £6bn that would have been spent on the delayed care cost cap.
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