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The dog that didn’t bark: social care funding hopes dashed

23rd November 2016: There was little enough cheer in the Chancellor’s autumn statement for anyone, but his failure to heed so many reasoned calls for a more realistic approach to spending on social care is specially disappointing.

“stupid and self-defeating”

Even on purely economic grounds, the case for better funding of the public health and adult social care sectors is as easy to understand as it is hard to resist. Without it, the pressure on acute NHS services is needlessly intensified, and their cost needlessly increased.  So a good part of any extra spending on those services will end up being used to make good the lack of adequate social care with unnecessary hospital admissions and delayed discharges – a blindingly stupid and self-defeating false economy, as has been pointed out many times here and elsewhere.

And it was further disappointing to hear the MP for Hertsmere on the BBC World at One programme repeating on behalf of the Government (and getting away with) the claim of “£10bn extra” being spent on healthcare when that figure has been so widely identified as deceptive: see “False and Incorrect“.

The R&RA will continue to join with other charities and bodies calling for a better thought-out approach to giving the support our old people deserve, and using the money spent on the nation’s health more wisely.


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