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The Association of Directors of Social Services has strongly welcomed...
The Association of Directors of Social Services has strongly welcomed

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

secretary of state Alan Milburn 'has been prepared to listen to the wide

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

be developed.

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

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