This year’s winter health crisis should incentivise government to fully fund our social care system, council leaders urged today.
The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, said there cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable social care system. Urgent new funding to address the annual social care funding gap, which will reach £2.3 billion by 2020, is needed to avoid an all-year round NHS crisis, it is warning today.
Council leaders say urgent action is needed to plug this social care funding gap to help alleviate the pressure on hospitals and avoid people being admitted to hospital in the first place. This will free up hospital beds and reduce pressures on the NHS.
Councils have also been working hard ahead of the winter to help reduce delayed transfers of care from hospital.
With the social care green paper not due until summer this year, the LGA is urging the Government to use the final Local Government Finance Settlement to find genuinely new money for social care. This will improve collaborative efforts to help prevent further crises in the NHS.
LGA Chairman Lord Porter said: