Social care’s not the public’s top priority for extra cash funding

Adult social care lags behind emergency services and mental health care when it comes to deserving additional funding, a public poll has revealed.

Conducted in April, in the wake of the toughest winter on record for the NHS, a poll of over 900 adults revealed where the public wants any extra funding to go. More than two out of three (68 per cent) respondents said urgent and emergency care such as A&E and ambulance services should be a priority for additional health and social care funding.

Investment in mental health services was the next main priority (58 per cent), followed by community and adult social care services and children’s services, which scored as a priority for funding among 40 per cent of respondents.

In time for the NHS’S 70 anniversary in July, the government has committed to increase NHS funding. Commenting on the poll’s findings, NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery, said: “It is clear that A&E and emergency services are perceived to be underfunded and overstretched by the public.”

But, Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners said: “Alongside social care, the key will be how we balance these priorities, within the limited financial envelope, to provide a health and care system that delivers the best possible care for both our local patients and the wider population.”



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