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WESTMINSTER WATCH - MORE RESOURCES FOR HOME CARE

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Health minister Jacqui Smith is insisting councils need to spend extra social services cash on care at home to end ...
Health minister Jacqui Smith is insisting councils need to spend extra social services cash on care at home to end bed-blocking in the health service.

She said: 'Older people and other service users have the right to expect that local services are working together as a coherent whole.

'We are moving in the right direction to a seamless service with the extra resources made available by the government.'

Ms Smith faced criticism in the House of Commons from Sue Doughty, Liberal Democrat MP for Guildford, who said the needs in Surrey are greater than the resources provided by the government.

The average vacancy rate for residential care staff for older people is 31% in the county but in some areas it is more than 50%.
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