Niall Dickson: The Budget's increased social care funding and Green Paper are good news and we now need consensus on long-term funding

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Niall Dickson

Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget statement, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:

“This is good news – on social care the Government has finally woken up to what many of us have been saying for some time – that hospitals and community services are desperately struggling, and that huge numbers of vulnerable older people are receiving inadequate or non-existent care.

“The extra funding will definitely help, but we await the details. We also welcome the announcement of a Green Paper on the long-term funding of social care - let us hope this time it results in action and not more words. 

“The promise of additional capital funding to support local transformation plans is also welcome, but again we await the detail. Without this money it will be impossible to develop the new services that are so desperately needed.

“We now urge the Chancellor to continue listening. While the social care review is important we believe there is a need for a wider cross-party consensus based on objective evidence about what funding is needed for both health and social care over the longer term and how this should be paid for.

“The NHS and local government need to find new ways of working and of working together, which embrace prevention and help to keep people healthy for longer, thereby reducing pressure on overstretched services. The current system is not fit for purpose and it is time we all admitted it.”

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