the government's announcement* that a further£100m will be added to social services budgets each year over the coming three years. The cash will be used to decrease the number of delayed discharges of elderly people from hospital.
According to ADSS president David Behan the decision shows that
range of voices urging him to modify the original proposals, and who had
warned that insufficient resources were available in the social care
system to make the original scheme work.'
He added 'ADSS was very much at the forefront of those arguing this
case. And it is important that the association has been allowed the
opportunity to make constructive comments about plans to reduce the
number of elderly people in hospital beds unnecessarily.'
Much detailed work on the scheme still has to be finished, including the
development of a mechanism for distributing the resources among social
services departments. The ADSS will want to work with the DoH on the
important issues of local agreements, development sites, and on ways of
ensuring that the capacity is in place for the appropriate services to
He ended: 'It is important that local health and social care communities
continue to work closely together. This really is good news for all
those who have been seeking ways of developing and improving our
services for older people.'
* Full details here