Richard Humphries, senior fellow - policy, The King's Fund
The upcoming review must flag opportunities to support the integration of the NHS and social care
As summer slides into autumn, prospects for the NHS and local government look as uncertain as ever
Funding for social care is still hampered by its separation from interdependent NHS and a lack of advocacy for its benefits
Local government should be concerned by a continuing failure to consider social care as funding for the NHS is reviewed
‘Accountable care’ is the latest policy zeitgeist in the world of the NHS.
Paying for social care is a politically toxic subject, and actions to address the problem have failed to live up to the lofty aspirations
Had T S Eliot been thinking of social care when he wrote The Wasteland, November not April would have been the cruellest month.
This year’s annual gathering of the social care clans in Bournemouth was easily one of the most depressing I can recall in 20 years of attending this event.
The Local Government Association’s decision to withdraw its support for the better care fund planning guidance marks a low point in the relationship between local government and the NHS, contrasting starkly with a generally positive commitment to work together.
“Thank God only one of them can win” declared a car bumper sticker in the fiercely fought 1960 presidential campaign between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon.