ADASS VICE PRESIDENT Harold Bodmer today welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State that extra funds will be made available for GPs to ensure that people have the right care in the right place.

He said: "We know that there is a rising number of people living in our country with long term conditions and disability, and that access to primary care is crucial in ensuring that  people receive the right care in their own communities.

“ADASS recognises that GPs have been under  increasing pressure as more people need their support. We are very  pleased that Jeremy Hunt has emphasised the need for strong collaboration between primary care, community health services and social care. 

Directors of adult social services haves been calling for greater investment in primary and community health services, as well as social care, to ensure that people have access to the full range of support to help them remain independent in their own homes. 

“Modern and effective health and care services depends on the investment across these three services preventing or reducing the length of hospital stays or admissions to residential care.”

“Following a 31 per cent reduction in our budgets during the past five years, ADASS is also calling for a similar investment in adult social care: the Secretary of State’s announcement concerning GP funding is an important step in the right direction.”