Responding to the latest NHS England figures for delayed transfers of care in January, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“While the overall increase in delayed discharges is concerning, there were 1,300 fewer delays attributable to social care than in December, which is encouraging.
“Social workers and care staff did a brilliant job covering the new year period despite the historic underfunding of social care which has put the sector in crisis.
“Despite an improvement on the previous month, the fact that there were 24,600 delayed days in January because people were waiting for care packages in their own home – an increase of nearly a half on one year earlier - remains a matter of enormous concern.
“Unless there is sufficient care at home, people will continue to attend A&E, leading to increasing pressures on hospital staff already struggling to cope with demand.
“The Government’s £2 billion of funding for social care, announced yesterday, will help to break the vicious circle of people going to hospital due to lack of provision in the community and staying longer in hospital for the same reason.
“We are keen to work with government on its Green Paper to build a consensus on a long-term, sustainable solution about how we provide for and pay to look after people living longer and with increasingly complex needs, so they can receive dignified care in their own home and communities.”
CONTACT: Alan Harris, ADASS Media Office, 0207 664 3239