ADASS RESPONDS TO REPORT BY THE HEALTH FOUNDATION

Contact: Rachel Dennis, ADASS media office, 0207 664 3239

In response to the report into emergency admissions by the Health Foundation, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Vice-President, James Bullion, said:

“We welcome this report into emergency admissions. It’s always regrettable when an emergency admission could have been avoided with better care.

“We’ve consistently maintained that investment in social care, primary and community services and the need to focus more on supporting people at home is the most effective way to prevent hospital admissions. This is why we need the new government to prioritise this by stabilising existing funding, and provide a sustainable solution for adult social care so that councils are better able to meet the need of their residents without the need for emergency hospital admissions.”

 

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Notes to Editors

  • In our Autumn 2018 survey Directors identified that there have been unintended consequences of the strong and successful focus on reducing rates of delayed discharges from hospitals in their areas over the past 18 months.
  • 82.30% of respondents indicated that there has been a moderate, significant, or very significant increase in rapid discharges to short-term care home placements that became long-term and 72.91% indicating that there has been an increase in the number of admissions to hospital that would have been avoidable had there been sufficient social, primary, and community services. 68.75% reported that there had been an increase in the number of people waiting for care packages at home.