Care leaders need to challenge the Government to review progress in social care reform, said former chancellor and presenter of BBC TV’s Inside the Care Crisis Ed Balls at the Care England conference.
Referencing the recommendations of the report by Baroness Cavendish: How can we lock in the lessons of the crisis to build a more robust, sustainable, joined-up system of health and social care? he urged care leaders to hold the Government to account for the progress it makes on implementing these recommendations. Balls (pictured left) told the audience that a challenge for any Government is to build consensual political policy that aims to improve social care for longer than one political term.
The Cavendish report, published in February, calls for commissioning and regulatory reform, as well as workforce and representative overhaul. The crossbench Peer also recommends empowered consumers.
Speaking at the conference with Aaron Padgham, director of the St Cecilia’s Care Group which appeared in the BBC TV documentary, Balls said that unlike schools and GPs, most people don’t experience care when they are young. “Your future care need is not a conversation that people have. It’s also hard to plan for care and it is easy to muddle through until a crisis overwhelms you.”