Care England, a representative body for independent providers of social care has submitted evidence to the joint inquiry by the Health Select Committee and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee into the long term funding of adult social care.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“After much frustration with the lack of action, this is not the time to regurgitate the past, but rather to embrace the urgency of the present moment and for Government to put in place lasting reforms that will support a sustainable health and care system fit for the 21st Century. We hope that the Government will take note of this joint inquiry; we have totted up that Care England has submitted 14 documents to the Committees on the topic over the last 2 years. Action not rhetoric is required”.
Care England urges the Government to fulfil its previous public commitments to introducing the Care Cap and Threshold and utilise the legislation that is sitting in the stocks ready to go.
Martin Green continues:
“Only last month the NAO recommended that the DHSC should invest more to enable commissioners to set appropriate fees for providers so that they can pay staff adequately and afford to offer career development and training opportunities. Let Government press ahead with all the necessary partners, to provide urgent support to a sector that is struggling”.