16 / 2 / 2017 12.30am
Responding to Age UK’s report 'The Health and Care of Older People in England 2017', the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations across England, has urged the government to do more in the Budget to help local authorities tackle the crisis in social care.
NHS Confederation Chief Executive Niall Dickson, said:
“The evidence is overwhelming – vast numbers of older people with lots of different health conditions now find themselves in crisis because the system cannot cope. For too many of them, social care has gone from being a limited service to an invisible one. The case for more social care funding is immediate and unanswerable to relieve pressure on the NHS and relieve the suffering of those affected.
“Of course this is not just about money – the health and care system needs to be redesigned – that means making sure hospital, community and social services come together to produce better results for patients.”