The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, has announced proposals to change the basic NHS model from one centred on hospital care to one that helps people stay healthy and happy at home.
Responding to this, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘The Government is right to focus on improving out of hospital care. Nowhere is this more needed than for people with dementia. Unable to access support at home, many people with dementia are forced in to hospital by default rather than choice. This has a huge cost, both financial and in terms of wellbeing. We need to prioritise supporting people at home, preventing the crises, rather than just picking up the pieces afterwards.’
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
“It is great news that almost every area’s Better Care Fund plan has been accepted and that they will soon be able to start putting it into action. Bringing Health and Care services together around the needs of older people is definitely the right thing to do, because it is not only good for older people to have joined up help, it makes financial sense as well by reducing duplication and gaps. However, it’s important to remember that so far the Fund impacts on less than 5% of the overall Health and Care budget so really it’s only the first step towards the truly big change we need to see. In an ideal world the Better Care Fund’s approach would apply to 100% of what is spent and that should be our aspiration.”
Read Jerem Hunt MP’s interview in The Telegraph here.