Underinvestment in social and community care left four in five hospitals with ‘dangerously low’ spare beds as crisis hit
Major new analysis of the state of the health and care system in England in the run up to the Covid-19 pandemic today reveals the extent of the crisis that was facing medics and carers even before the crisis hit.
The article states, ‘A spokesman for the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions said: “We want disabled people to get the support they are entitled to and reviews are part of the PIP process as we know people’s circumstances can change.
“Decisions are made based on all the evidence we receive at the time.’
Who are they kidding , for no one believes the DWP.
What, another one are the Tories going for a record.
The UK is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and while this is not a security issue under the terms of that council it does beggar belief that if this current Conservative Government is not prepared to listen and follow the UN guidance and regulations in other matters why belong to an important council, if, even a member of the UN full stop.
What example is this setting to other member countries, in fact should the UN be there at all or the UK be a member of it.
The Scottish government has announced the extension of a scheme to support disabled people to live independently. It’s in stark contrast to the actions of the UK government. Actions which the UN has previously said amount to “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights.
Nicola Sturgeon’s government has said it will be permanently extending the blue badge parking scheme in Scotland to cover the “carers and relatives” of people who “pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic”. This would cover people living with conditions such as dementia, autism, and Down’s syndrome. The move has come off the back of a pilot scheme launched in April 2016.
Currently in England [pdf], people generally only get a blue badge if they have difficulty walking more than 50m, or if they have other issues with physically getting around. But as Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
It’s so important that people with disabilities, including cognitive impairments, can live a life of equal opportunities.
He said of the pilot scheme and the working group involved with the blue badge reforms:
Nobody should believe for a single moment that a Conservative Government will pay any attention to the advice of the experts – especially when the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is doing precisely what it was meant to do – clearing sick and disabled people off the benefit books with no regard for their future health.
That being said, the analysis of the WCA provided by the British Psychological Society, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in a joint response to the Government’s consultation, ‘Improving Lives’, is very useful information.
So here it is:
We urge the Government to reform its approach and the assessment process. We also strongly recommend that this be
Spending on adult social care dropped 8% in real-terms under the coalition government, official figures reveal.
A total of £17.2bn was spent on adult social care on 2014-15, the health and social care information centre data shows. This marks a reduction of 1 per cent in real terms from the previous year and an 8 per cent drop from 2009-10, the year before the coalition entered government.
The figures include local authority spending and the income councils received from people that self-fund their social care. They also include funding transfers from the NHS to boost social care budgets. The amount of health service cash transferred to social care rose from £620m in 2011-12 to £1.1bn in 2014-15.
The figures mark the latest evidence of the financial pressure on adult social care that has prompted directors to warn that the system is unsustainable and left providers fearing that some services could collapse.
Research by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) found that a £4.6bn social care funding gap opened up between 2010 and 2015. ADASS’s estimate is based on:
A £1.6bn reduction in local authority social care budgets;
The need for councils to save an additional £1.75bn to ensure services can meet demographic pressures and;
An extra £1.25bn in costs incurred through price inflation.
Local authority leaders have appealed to the Conservative government to address the funding shortfall. The government will set out its spending priorities in the Autumn spending review. ……..’