Delays for getting people out of hospital and which are attributable to issues within social care services have fallen to below 30%.
The latest figures show that 62.6% of all delays in June 2018 were attributable to the NHS while 29.9% were attributable to social care. The remaining 7.4% were attributable to both the NHS and social care.
There were 134,300 total delayed days in June 2018, of which 88,800 were in acute care. This is a 24% decrease from June 2017, where there were 177,900 total delayed days, of which 117,100 were in acute care. It also continues a downward trend that has seen delayed transfers decrease each month since March when there were 154,602 delays.
Julie Ogley, vice president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said: “Despite significant pressures, our dedicated social care workforce has once again made an incredible impact, keeping delays to transfers of care lower than at this point last year. However, the pressures facing our care and health services, compounded by a lack of certainty around the long-term funding for social care, are increasing and there is only so much that dedication can do.”
Ms Ogley said the decision to delay the publication of its social care green paper until the autumn meant the government had “further delayed providing not just funding, but much-needed answers on how we are going to plan to look after us when we are older or disabled”.
She added: “With more of us living longer, the pressures on our social care system will only increase unless we put in place a long-term funding solution as soon as possible. In the meantime, it’s essential that urgent and interim funding is made available to help ease the pressures on the system and help us help the people in our care live the lives they want to live.”
This comes after the Local Government Association (LGA) last week issued its own green paper, which proposed a range of tax increases to help fund services.
Izzi Seccombe (Con), chair of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “Councils have now reduced the average number of delayed transfers of care days attributed to social care since June 2017 by 40%.
“To help reduce pressures on the NHS, adult social care needs to be put on an equal footing with the health service and councils need urgent funding to invest in effective prevention work to reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place.”