The British Geriatrics Society welcomes any additional funding for social care. But we are concerned that the use of funding from increases in council tax and from funds generated by the New Homes Bonus scheme, announced today by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, fails to address the urgent need for a more lasting solution to the crisis in social care funding.
In response to the announcement, Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society and a Clinical Director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, commented:
“BGS welcomes any changes to funding of social care that help to address the current crisis that is having a direct impact on the healthcare of older people living with frailty – BGS members see the knock-on effects on a daily basis when older people present at A&E departments and when their discharge from hospital is a delayed because of a lack of capacity in the social care sector.
However, we are concerned that by allowing local authorities to increase council tax and to ring-fence the additional money to pay for social care, that not only does it avoid the need for a more fundamental review of social care funding, but it may in practice re-inforce inequalities in health and social care
We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment made in yesterday’s Question Time, to find a sustainable solution for the future. BGS therefore supports the call by Sarah Wollaston MP for cross-party talks to find a long term solution for social care, and hopes that these will take place as a matter of urgency”