How Far Can NHS Cuts Go?


This is the Lancaster family – Nicola and Ian have spent ten years looking after their severely-disabled child 24-7, their only break coming once a month, when he went to a respite centre for the weekend. Now the centre is closing, because there’s no #NHS money to run it – and this is not an isolated case….

Source: How Far Can NHS Cuts Go? – Paul Moss  @BBCPaulMoss

This is indeed not an isolated incident and is not only related to Children’s Social Care and health services, but also to Adult Social Care and health services.

While there are needs for those children and adults who are in need of care and are entitled to Assessments of Needs, the Carers themselves also have needs and they are entitled to their own Carers Assessments for carers of children being * The Children and Families Act 2014 amends the Children Act 1989 and for carers of adults *The Care Act 2014. Here are some Care Act Factsheets.

When it comes to funding where needs have been assessed then that need should be provided and this should not be delayed pending disputes between social services and health.

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Funding alone won’t fix the social care system | Colin Capper | Social Care Network | The Guardian

Alzheimer’s Society is investing in three new research centres of excellence that aim to find ways to improve quality of life and care

Source: Funding alone won’t fix the social care system | Colin Capper | Social Care Network | The Guardian

Care crisis hits the NHS as delayed discharges reach record high of 1.8 MILLION days | Sentinel News | Vox Political

funding cuts and a growing elderly population means there are not enough care services for people to access when their hospital treatment is complete.As a result, they have to be kept in hospital even after their treatment

Source: Care crisis hits the NHS as delayed discharges reach record high of 1.8 MILLION days | Sentinel News | Vox Political

Shopmobility closures start to ring alarm bells | DisabledGo News and Blog

Increasing numbers of Shopmobility services are struggling to stay open, according to the organisation that brings together many of the schemes across the UK. The National Federation of Shopmobility UK (NFSUK) spoke out after the only Shopmobility scheme in Birmingham said it was set to close after its austerity-hit local authority withdrew financial support. Donna Eade, co-ordinator of NFSUK, which is run by the British Healthcare Trades Association, has seen seven of about 150 members close their doors in the last 18 months, while its latest survey saw about half of those that responded facing some form of funding cut. The situation is less clear for Shopmobility schemes that are not members of NFSUK, but Eade fears a similar picture. She said many schemes were facing problems because their local councils had withdrawn funding, as has happened in Birmingham, with grants “disappearing at a rate of knots”. She said: “The majority of Shopmobility schemes get some sort of funding from the

Source: Shopmobility closures start to ring alarm bells | DisabledGo News and Blog

50 Wrongs and Counting

Totally Wrong List from the website Learning Disability Alliance England

An extract ‘After many years of slow progress for people with learning disabilities things are now going backwards. This is totally wrong and unnecessary, so we’ve put together a list of all the different things that are wrong – a totally wrong list.

These are the bad Government policies we’ve identified (so far) that harm the lives and rights of people with learning disabilities. In the first part we’ve listed the wrongs in plain English. The second part provides links to the documents or reports that describe these wrongs in more detail.

This list is a work in progress –………….’

This is so true and highlights some of the comments I have made in some of my previous postings, especially point 14, where it states ‘but the media and politicians talk about benefit fraud much more and encourage people to think disabled people are scroungers or fraudsters.’

This is so wrong and creates a very distorted view to the public at large. There may be a minority who are not entitled to the benefits they claim, but should the focus be just on them  and not the majority. Tax fraud is so much greater and may be by persons who can more easily pay their taxes, than disabled people can go without their benefits.

Any cuts to persons who can least afford it, will eventually require even more expenditure, for any reduction in social care funding, will lead to more health related conditions, so leading to even more required access to NHS facilities, which will either require more increased funding, reductions in service or both.

Before many of these wrongs are implemented the responsible authority should undertake an ‘impact assessment‘ to ascertain how any disadvantaged or vulnerable persons could be affected.

The decision on the closure of the Independent Living Fund is a prime example, currently the closure is still on course for 30 June 2014, but there is still a legal challenge before the courts, the outcome of which is still unknown.

If the closure does go ahead it will be wrong as stated in point 17 ‘Closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will lead to reductions in support that will inevitably target people with the most severe disabilities and reduce their ability to live in their own home.’

With the closure the responsibility will rest with their respective local authorities, at a time when the funding to these local authorities is being cut, creating an even more greater strain on local authority funding. In fact, if they can not still live in their own home, they will most likely need to live in some nursing care setting at a considerable increased cost than at present.

Do they call it a caring Society?