Some of the cash announced will reportedly be coming from hospital reserves or previous commitments – hospitals had asked permission to spend this cash on frontline services and, until now, government had refused.
“The underfunding of social care has reached crisis point
The Government cannot keep ignoring the fact that we need to plug the £3.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care by 2025.
It is vital that it uses the recently announced one-year Spending Round to address this and plans for the longer term in the 2020 Spending Review.
The underfunding of social care has reached crisis point, and critical staffing shortages have not been addressed. Adult social care has the second-largest percentage of job vacancies across the public sector after the NHS.
Meanwhile, children’s mental health services are almost non-existent.
The NHS and social care are too important to people’s lives to be neglected.
The Liberal Democrats are committed to transformational frontline funding by stopping Brexit and investing a penny on income tax into the health and care sectors.
And let us be honest – these measures will only start to solve the problem; they are not the final answer.