EMBARGO: 00:01 Thursday 26 May 2016
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Responding to the National Audit Office report, “Discharging Older Patients from Hospital”, Margaret Willcox, Vice-President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
“Last March saw the highest number of people unable to leave hospital, despite being medically fit enough to do so, than at any other time since figures started being compiled this way in April 2011. People deserve to receive the care and support they need in the right place and at the right time – whether that’s in hospital, in a care home or at home with a care package. With more people now living longer, with increasingly complex needs, more funding is desperately needed across the sector to make sure people get the care that they need.
“Adult social care budgets suffered 31 per cent budget cuts in the last parliament. Along with the backloading of additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review, this means that many services are at significant risk over the next couple of years, and this will have worrying consequences not only for the NHS, but most of all for older and disabled people, their families and carers.”