Care UK chief executive Mike Parish has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s surprise announcement of a £3 billion fund to join up health and social care services for older people but regrets that the country’s older people will have to wait until 2015 for it to start.
In 2011, Care UK was calling on the Government to do more to join up health and social care services. At the time Chief Executive Mike Parish talked about how hospitals are often not the best places for people with dementia.
Welcoming yesterday’s announcement Mike Parish added a note of caution: “The spending review has also frozen council tax and imposed a 10 per cent cut in the resource budget for local authorities. Council’s are already struggling to meet the growing demand for social care services; we’re seeing first-hand how the tighter eligibility criteria for support is making life tougher and more isolated for many, many older people. These cuts are going to make that situation worse so the £3 billion investment, when it arrives, is going to have a lot of ground to make up before it starts improving the situation for some of our most vulnerable members of society.
“As always, the devil is in the detail and we look forward to finding out more about how local authorities and the NHS will solve this long running challenge.”