Leading voices from within the health and social care sector have heaped more pressure on prime minister Theresa May to commence a cross-party process to tackle the system’s deepening funding crisis.
The calls echo those made last week by chairs of three Commons select committees for a cross-party consensus to be reached.
The latest letter – signed by 75 organisations including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, Independent Age, Care England, and the Royal College of GPs – warned that unless the prime minister adopted a “bolder approach millions of older, ill and disabled people will continue to be badly let down”.
The signatories urged for an “inclusive, open and urgent” all-party process in order for long-term solutions to be found.
Last week, the Local Government Association, which has estimated a £2.6bn funding gap in social care by 2020, stressed the importance of council leaders being a part of any process aimed at finding sustainable solutions to the crisis.