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ADASS RESPONDS TO LATEST DELAYED TRANSFER OF CARE FIGURES

Responding to the latest Delayed Transfer of Care Figures, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), said:

“Councils are doing all they can to reduce the number of delayed transfers of care due to social care. If we are to ease the winter pressures on the health service, it’s essential we get people out of hospital and make sure they get the appropriate social care they need.

“Social care staff have put in their very best efforts in recent months, and January in particular was a very difficult month where hospitals came under significant strain as a result of the winter pressures. Our staff are on the frontline of the funding crisis affecting adult social care, yet day in, day out, they do the very best they can in challenging circumstances, working to improve lives.

“Social care is about helping people live well and independently in their homes, and to keep them out of hospital in the first place. Sadly the funding pressures facing services means this is under real threat.

“We would urge the Government to make sure their hard work and determination is met with the funding and resources that social care teams across the country desperately need. The forthcoming green paper is an essential opportunity to put social care on a long-term, sustainable financial footing. However, social care faces short-term pressures and needs an immediate injection of funding right now if services are able to deliver.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Delayed Transfer of Care Figures for January 2018 can be viewed here https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/03/January-18-DTOC-SPN.pdf

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