Care England has appealed to the Government to involve providers in the Build Back Better plans for health and social care reform.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, says: “The plan must adequately underpin the sector’s potential to support some of society’s most vulnerable. We are keen to work with Government to find a long-term sustainable solution for the sector, but are concerned that the £5.4 billion announced in September for adult social care over the next three years though the Health and Social Care Levy, as well as the £4.8 billion of new grant funding over the SR21 period for social care and other services, will not be enough to achieve the ambitions set out by Government”.
Care England has boiled down the plans to a set of ten key asks which relate to establishing a fair rate for care, ensuring a sustainable workforce and the National Insurance (NI) contributions. These key asks are aimed at putting central government on notice of the very real concerns the sector has in relation to Build Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care, as well as presenting some pragmatic solutions to reprimanding these concerns.
Martin Green continues: “We hope that our key asks will represent an opportunity for meaningful co-production, all of which must be underpinned by adequate funding for the proposals, wider support for the workforce and parity with the NHS on National Insurance that only national government can address”.