The chief executive of leading care home provider Coverage Care Services Limited has branded the White Paper of Social Care ‘not much more than work in progress’.
David Coull, who is also a director of the National Care Forum, said: “It is great news that we will get a national standard for eligibility but that mustn’t be a race to the bottom. It simply must provide greater clarity than the Continuing Health Care eligibility.
“A national standard for access to care is exactly what was required, and will hopefully end the postcode lottery. But social care reform needs informed leadership to help decide on the basis of that access.
“We welcome the recognition of the carer’s role but there is much more to do for the carers ranging from a framework for transition care, respite and even individual pension benefits.
“Essentially we need a framework and a timescale for an informed debate on long-term funding, surely most people will accept this issue is a good deal more important than Lords reform?
“Above all, why do we have to wait until 2015? Mr Lansley announced an extra £300 million from the NHS budget into social care over the next two years, this is a drop in the ocean where you consider the NHS budget underspend came in at £1.7 billion.”
Coverage Care Services Limited, the largest independent care company in Shropshire, is a not-for-profit Industrial and Provident Society. It operates 16 care homes and provides a range of domiciliary care services, largely in support of older people, those with dementia and people with learning disabilities in Shropshire.