Responding to a report by the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) which has found that a lack of social care is increasing pressure on surgeries and A&Es, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“We welcome this report by the CSA, which shows how the pressures being experienced by older and disabled people and their families is being felt more widely than hospitals in the NHS.
“Tellingly, the report highlights that almost a third of GPs believe up to 10 per cent of appointments could have been avoided if better social care was in place.
“This report is further evidence of the social care funding crisis which is failing to tackle the growing demand within local communities for care of people living longer and with increasingly complex needs.
“The vicious circle of hospital admissions and delayed discharges due a lack of care provision in the community needs to be broken with immediate, significant, sustainable and long-term funding for adult social care.
“Councils are doing everything they can to protect adult social care budgets and look after the needs of their communities, but with care homes closing, councils projecting in-year overspends of almost £450 million, and the cost of the welcome National Living Wage, services are in significant and increasing jeopardy.
“The Government needs to use next week’s Budget to announce genuine new money to fund social care, otherwise the worrying consequences for older and disabled people, their families and carers, will continue with more vulnerable people spending longer in hospital - rather than in their own home and communities.”
CONTACT: Alan Harris, ADASS media office, 020 7664 3239