Care England has warned care home providers that the green paper for adult social care will be “no Shangri La for social care. “More realistically, it will be a short-term fudge,” says chief executive Martin Green.
Speaking at a discussion forum last week, he said that social care continued to play a Cinderella-role to the NHS. “The NHS is the compete focus, the priority. But this obsession with pumping money into the system without focusing on outcomes will need to very poor value for money for the taxpayer.”
Insiders in the Department of Health and Social Care have positioned the delay in the publication of the Green paper for adult social care to September as “the opportunity to get social care right”. Refuting this position, Mr Green said: ”It’s more because it’s in the ‘too difficult box’.
He believes that in the 21st century, the conversation should be about how we look after people with long term conditions. He said: “Why aren’t we thinking about social care? Where are the celebrations for social care’s 70th birthday?”
He told the discussion panel that, as a sector, social care needs to “think creatively about how we get our message to Government”. He said: “There is a real lack of choice in commissioned social care, particularly in areas where there is no strong private pay market. As a sector we have to get tougher at saying ‘no’ and let the market forces of supply and demand kick in to the commissioning discussion.”
He also criticised the recent Competition and Markets Authority decision on after-death contract terms “as a side-swipe at the private care market that fails to look at public sector contracts. The findings infantalise older people.. and fail to acknowledge a resident’s contractual responsibilities,” he says.