Responding to the latest monthly Delayed Transfer of Care figures published by NHS England, which show that delays attributable to social care increased by six per cent, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
“These latest figures show that our dedicated social care workforce has faced significant pressures as a result of the summer heatwave as well as winter pressures as they strive to deliver the care that not only reduces demand on the health service, but allows people to live as independently as possible.
“We welcome the recent investment announced for the NHS but this funding would go further if social care was put on the same footing as the two services are co-dependent.
“With social care remaining incredibly fragile, there is an urgent need to focus on long term funding to keep people well at home. Adult social care impacts on older and disabled people, their families, the NHS and the ability to pay enough to attract and retain care staff and stabilise the care market.
“It is imperative that the Government’s forthcoming green paper establishes a sustainable solution to provide high quality, personal and reliable care to the growing number of people who need and deserve it.”