The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) welcomes today’s British Red Cross and Healthwatch report on hospital discharge and supports its recommendations. Julie Ogley, ADASS Immediate Past President, said:

“We very much welcome the Healthwatch’s report and recommendations. As always, their reports provide invaluable lessons from the point of view and experiences of people needing care and health services.

“In the last six months, health and social care staff have been under enormous pressure, working incredibly hard to meet significantly increased needs. We were and are aware of the many challenges and opportunities presented by the hospital discharge guidance. We are particularly concerned that follow-up calls and assessments have not always happened, or good information and advice weren’t readily available. At times, it required greater staffing support across social and community services that were simply not available.

“If we are going to avoid repeating those mistakes this winter, we must learn the lessons of this report. The government must increase funding beyond infection control, to allow us to properly remunerate and expand our committed and valued workforce, and to make effective post-discharge care a reality.”

 

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