Growing ‘care injustice’ warning

The latest report for 2017/18 says overall quality of health and social care in England has been maintained, and in some cases, improved from last year. This is despite continuing pressures around demand and funding, and the challenge of recruiting and retaining staff.

But the CQC says that people’s experience of care varies depending on where they live and is often determined by how well different parts of local systems work together.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This report raises important concerns and highlights the brilliant work across the system to maintain quality of care, something that becomes harder each year as the consequences of pressures build further. It provides more evidence of a system under significant pressure and in desperate need of securing a long-term and sustainable solution for how, as a country, we pay for social care.

“With people living longer, increases in costs and decreases in funding, adult social care is at breaking point and its potential for helping people to live the lives they want to lead is at risk. The Government must use the Budget and Spending Review to inject desperately needed funding into adult social care and use the green paper to secure the long-term sustainability of the system.”

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