Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, a representative body for independent care providers commented on the Health Select Committee’s Report on the Impact of the Spending Review on Health and Social Care. He said:
“I am grateful to the Committee for inviting me to give evidence to this important inquiry. The findings demonstrate very clearly that people are not getting the care that they need and this needs to be tackled with immediate action”.
“One of the Committee’s key recommendations is that the Government urgently assesses and sets out publicly the additional costs to the NHS as a result of delayed transfers of care, and the wider costs to the NHS associated with pressures on adult social care budgets more generally. Care England is very supportive of this recommendation and hopes that the Committee will hold the Government to account by ensuring that the assessment is accompanied by a plan for adult social care which demonstrates that it is addressing the situation in social care and dealing with its effect on health services”.
The Health Select Committee’s report, Impact of the Spending Review on Health and Social Care, can be found at www.parliament.uk/healthcom Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee said:
“Historical cuts to social care funding have now exhausted the opportunities for significant further efficiencies in this area. Increasing numbers of people with genuine social care needs are no longer receiving the care they need because of a lack of funding. This not only causes considerable distress to these individuals and their families but results in additional costs to the NHS. We are concerned about the effect of additional funding streams for social care not arriving until later in the Parliament.
“We welcome the plans for additional funding for mental health but there is a danger that this could get sucked into deficits in the acute sector particularly as there is a lack of accurate data on mental health spending. We expect to see clear, verifiable evidence that the additional funding promised for mental health is being delivered to the front line if we are to make progress towards parity of esteem.”