As the number of patients with long-term and multiple conditions increases, the location and delivery of care will need to change to cope with the demand. Where will health and social care be delivered in the future? Our new set of infographics picks out some key facts and figures.
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Hospitals are highly visible and emotionally/politically desirable: they take upwards of 80% of funding - and always have taken more of any development funding available.
Community services are almost politically invisible - and whenever there is an "efficiency" drive, tend to bear the brunt of the cuts (yes, they are cuts!) in funding and so service provision.
General practice lies inbetween: until this government took the decision to effectively tear up the nGMS contract (letter on 6.12.12), funding was assumed to be relativel protected - even though the massive increases in workload were unrestrained: now the funding is being slashed and the workload, at both practice and organisational level massively increased yet again.
As the helpful local, in the middle of a bog, said when asked for directions, "well if that's where you want to go, sir, I wouldn't start from here if I was you"!