The Local Government Association is calling for evidence of where the NHS is acting counterproductively to councils trying to reduce the number of delayed transfers of care.
LGC reported last week how 32 local authorities have been warned by ministers their adult social care allocations could be cut next year if their delayed transfer of care performance does not significantly improve.
Speaking at the LGA’s councillors’ forum on Thursday Izzi Seccombe (Con), chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, issued a plea for evidence of where the NHS is hindering councils from improving their DTOC performances.
“It would be incredibly helpful if authorities could turn around at some speed any information you have to help us build a case [about] unilateral action taken by your acutes [hospitals] or health sector that is causing problems for you and how you might be able to get the DTOC figures down,” said Cllr Seccombe, who is also Warwickshire CC’s leader.
“For example, one my acutes has decided to buy a wing of a care home in order to do a ‘discharge to assess’ which I can kind of understand.
“However, what they haven’t done is come through us to understand that they are truly inflating the price of this care home and we cannot now buy beds in there.”
This comes after LGC learned that some NHS trusts have begun to hire homecare staff on higher pay and improved terms to those independent providers can offer under council contracts. While the intention is to reduce delayed discharges councils and independent providers have warned such actions will only add extra pressure on the wider social care system.