Integration white paper lacks proper social care reform, care leaders say

For social care, key priorities in the white paper, Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all, include: improved oversight and accountability in the delivery of services through new assurance and data sharing measures, updated legal framework to enable person-centred models of hospital discharge, and direct payments  to adult social care providers where required.

Under the new proposals, there will be new powers to collect data from providers.

There is also a pledge to bring forward separate proposals on social care reform ”later this year”.

Commenting on the publication of the white paper, National Care Forum executive director Vic Rayner said: “It’s not the reform that we are looking for; it won’t reform lives. I don’t think this is the ready-baked plan that we were promised.  We are looking for something that is ambitious for social care, and this doesn’t feel that way.”

Social care workers union GMB added: “We still have nothing from them other than a flimsy pledge to set out these reforms ‘this year’. They couldn’t keep that promise 18 months ago why should GMB members trust them now?”      

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