£1.8bn for NHS highlights social care funding gap

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said £850 million of the new funding would be shared between 20 hospitals to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment. The additional £1 billion will go on capital spending, to allow existing upgrade programmes to proceed and to speed up the most urgent infrastructure projects.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “While it is important that the NHS is adequately funded, it is clear that there cannot be a sustainable health service without a sustainable adult social care system.

“The Prime Minister has promised to bring forward proposals for a long-term solution to the adult social care funding crisis. It is vital that he plugs the £3.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care by 2025 to keep services running. This is the best way to reduce pressure on the NHS and keep people out of hospital in the first place.

“Last year, we produced our own social care green paper outlining key recommendations on how this could be achieved. The Government should also take these forward as it produces its own proposals.

“Local government stands ready to work with the Government to make sure we have a social care system that ensures everyone gets the vital care and support they need.”

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