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MPs give DHSC six months to set out social care reform

A duty should be written into the Health and Social Care Act to force Government to publish a 10-year, fully-costed plan for social care within six months of Royal Assent, MPs have said.

In a report on the Health and Social Care Bill, MPs describe the White Paper’s lack of a long-term plan for social care as “concerning”. Health and social care committee MPs say: “The absence of a fully funded plan for social care has the potential to destabilise Integrated Care Systems and undermine their success.”

Although the White Paper lacks detail on the long-term reform of social care, it does contain specific and targeted social care changes including:

  • The power for the Secretary of State to make payments directly to adult social care providers
  • A “more clearly defined role for adult social care within the structure of an ICS NHS Board
  • A new Assurance Framework for Social Care including a duty on the CQC to assess local authorities’ delivery of adult social care and a power for the Secretary of State to intervene where the CQC finds that a local authority is failing to meet its duties
  • A legal framework for Discharge to Assess to enable assessment to take place after an individual has been discharged from acute care.

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