Great article that exposes the ticking bomb. The bomb is larger than presented. The welfare reforms are adding to the funding gap. Most Children's Services within local authorities have seen pressure at their front door. One authority has seen a significant increase in looked after children (rising from around 300 children to over 400). This has resulted in a further budget gap of some £2million.
Excellent feature here why are we not hearing / seeing more attention by the press, H&SC pundits, politicians and those within the system endorsing these sentiments? It's so obvious. Populist ' let's protect our nhs at all costs'. Plundering social care to do so simply perpetuates increased demand for older people being admitted to hospital in the absence of community based alternatives. I include good quality 24/7 care in innovative,calm, safe and fun in the type of care homes we run staffed by proud, kind and enthusiastic staff doing the right things well and having fun themselves being part of enabling older old people live well. We do work closely with local H&SC colleagues in close partnership as well as with politicians. So will include your piece here Richard in our persuasive independent evidence base to try to influence new insights and modified opinions on the need for saving social care being as important as healthcare.