A report published today provides an overview of the number of people with learning disabilities and/or autism receiving inpatient care in hospital.
PulseToday – 20th April 2016
”NHS bosses are overriding the wishes of 1.2m patients who have opted out of having their medical data shared within and outside of the NHS, newly released statistics have revealed.
The figure, revealed today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, is almost double the 700,000 objections that they had originally feared were being ignored and comes as a further blow to the Government’s ambitious record-sharing agenda.
But it comes as the NHS is finally going to start honouring the wishes of patients opting out of having their medical data shared, starting from next week.”
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. ……..’