Responding to the latest NHS England figures for delayed transfers of care in July 2017, published today, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“Despite significant challenges related to increased demands and costs, the dedicated hard work of social workers and care staff together with the welcome additional emergency £1 billion for social care this year, have all contributed to a reduction in the numbers of people waiting in hospital for care at home. Whilst this is modest, it is an achievement with the current workforce demands.

“However, adult social care remains under financial pressure and unless a long-term solution to funding adult social care is established both the NHS and older and disabled people will continue to suffer. 

“We look forward to contributing to debates about finding a long term sustainable solution to adult social care funding to future-proof the essential service for current and future generations.”

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

 

  • The delayed transfer of care report for July 2017 published by NHS England is available here.