Responding to the ResPublica report “Care after Cure: Creating a fast track pathway from hospitals to homes” ) Ray James, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“Hopefully no one will argue that we should provide people with the care and support that they need, in the right place at the right time.  Sometimes that will be in hospital, sometimes in a care home and whenever possible in their own home.

“This report rightly emphasises the need for health and social care to work together more effectively in a person centred way to meet people’s needs.

“While we must do all we can to ensure that existing public money is used most effectively, there can be no getting away from the simple truth that at a time when more people are living longer with complex needs, the demand for and cost of providing social care significantly exceeds the money being made available by government.  Many social care services will be at significant risk over the next couple of years, with worrying consequences for the NHS, but most of all for older and disabled people, their families and carers.”