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Social care cuts pile pressure on NHS

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Two thirds of NHS leaders believe cuts to council spending have affected their services over the past year, prompting warnings that the system is “heading for collapse”. 

The survey, by the NHS Confederation, was released ahead of the publication of the government’s white paper on social care.

It found 66% of NHS leaders said funding shortfalls in local authority spending had affected their services over the past year. A further 18% said they may have had an impact. 

Meanwhile 92% of respondents said there were more delayed discharges from hospital. 

Half said there were more emergency readmissions, and more than half said demand for hospital services was on the rise. 

Health leaders also expected demands on NHS services would increase further over the next decade. More than three quarters called for integration of care, and 63% said it would be necessary to expand community-based care.

The social care white paper, which was widely leaked, contained a commitment to a cap on the amount any individual would have to spend on care. 

However, the funding of the scheme is yet to be agreed, as it will cost an estimated £2bn in extra cash.

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar said that although the government’s commitment to addressing the issue was welcome, NHS managers found it “unacceptable” that patients were being admitted to hospital because they were unable to access council care. 

He said: “This is the time for action. Without reform, our health and social care systems are heading for collapse. For the sake of the NHS, local authorities, patients and carers, we all need a resolution now.

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  • The NHS need to understand what has happened to local government funding since 2010. 28% front loaded cuts cannot be implemented without a large effect on services and charges for social care. The government intentions on social care seem to ignore the fundamental funding issues of the CSR past and future. There is worse to come. The position represents a massive failure of joined up thinking. Perhaps there will be a 'U' turn!

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