NHS leaders call for social services reform amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS leaders call for social services reform amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Members of the Health for Care coalition have written to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling on him to fix social care and set out a timetable for reform which addresses the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the challenges facing the social care sector more generally. The plea for support was prompted by fears that the NHS ‘will not have any hope of clearing the backlog of routine operations unless there is a comprehensive and funded plan to support social care services through the winter months’. Leading health organisations have warned that ‘patients will end up stranded in hospital because arrangements are not in place in the community or in care homes to support them’. Chief executive of the NHS Confederation and chair of the Health for Care coalition, Niall Dickson, said: ‘COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role that social care plays in supporting the NHS, but it has also exposed a fractured, understaffed and underfunded system in desperate need of reform.’ He added that social care services ‘urgently need immediate funding to deal with the aftermath of the pandemic and to prepare for the possibility of further localised outbreaks, as well as a long-term plan, which successive governments have failed to deliver’. 

The letter to Boris Johnson can be read here.

The NHS Confederation has also issued a report which sets out what will be needed to make sure social care can support the health service effectively. The report calls for:

• immediate additional funding for social care to help it deal with the aftermath of coronavirus and prepare for winter

• a long-term funding settlement that secures the future of the sector

• a long-term plan for social care including help to develop a better trained workforce to deliver care

• a decisive shift to person-focused outcomes-based commissioning

Source: NHS leaders’ plea to Prime Minister – ‘honour your promise on social care’ 

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