Select Committee report confirms ADASS view of future NHS/social care integration

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 24th January 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Todays report from the House of Commons Health Select Committee* is "a timely reminder to the health service in England that it now needs to look outwards towards new ways of working with local government and community care services at a time when, understandably, its agenda seems to have been focused on its own internal and structural concerns," according to Peter Hay, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

He added: "The Committees cross-party report has drawn deeply and successfully on much of the evidence provided by ADASS. It has particularly underscored the threats to services and to elderly people themselves that the Association has perceived flowing from the current reductions in local government spending."

In this respect ADASS welcomes the Committees recognition of the importance of the recommendations of the Commission on care Funding led by Andrew Dilnot.

According to Peter Hay, the Select Committee has once again reinforced the urgency with which new and creative ways of using NHS resources for social and community care purposes should be developed and empowered. "It is the sort of urgency that we heard in the recently published Future Forums reports, and it is the sort of urgency that major commentators, from the King's Fund, Nuffield, the NHS Confederation and beyond have been pressing on the Government," he said.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Peter Hay, ADASS President, 0121 303 2992
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.

* House of Commons Health Select Committee, Public Expenditure, Thirteenth Report of Session 201012