England's elderly care target 'at risk'25th October 2012
Council leaders across England have warned that the government must take steps to avert a crisis in elderly care before embarking on a drive to make it a world leader.
The government is pledging to turn the country into a one of the world’s best providers of care for older people.
But the Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said the social care crisis had to be solved first.
It comes as health secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled details of a £50m fund for hospitals and care homes to help pay for improvements to help patients with dementia, with a call for councils to take the lead in the developments.
However, the LGA and ADASS has said such a goal is unachievable at present with their joint analysis revealing some £2bn being cut from the social care budget over the last two years.
They said the funding reduction, of about 15%, had put mainstream services under too much strain to see England become a world leader in elderly care.
David Rogers from the LGA said: “The current care system is in danger of collapsing. Unless we see urgent action, the growing funding crisis threatens our ability to provide basic daily services that older people rely on, such as help with washing, getting out of bed and meals on wheels.”
The LGA and ADASS analysis said the situation will worsen as the population ages with councils forced to raid money allocated for leisure, libraries and transport to plug the funding gap in elderly care.
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Title: England's elderly care target 'at risk'
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 23026
Date Added: 25th Oct 2012