Statement from the Barker Commission: The future of health and social care

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Part of Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England

The Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England (also known as the Barker Commission) was created as an independent body by The King’s Fund because of mounting evidence that health and social care are heading towards a crisis.

The Commission reconvened over the summer to review progress one year on from its final report and in light of the government’s decision to postpone its manifesto commitment to introduce a new cap on social care costs.

This statement from the Barker Commission highlights their concerns about the lack of progress since their report was published, and calls on the Chancellor to take action on health and social care funding in the Spending Review.



Brian Todd

Comment date
31 January 2017
A lot of the difficulty presented to the NHS has been caused by the Privatisation of Residential Care and Domiciliary Care together with the enormous reaction of the financial support to Local Authorities, many of whom are now claiming they do not have enough money even to provide statutory services. Care of the Elderly has been reduced so that it is a shadow of its former self and many older peole are having to do without any support as the criteria are being raised year by year as the Local Authority income is reduced.
National Government must change it "Austerity" programmer which appears to apply to poor people only as the well off are getting reductions in their income tax budget after budget.
Fairs Fair and to those that need should eb giver and we all should support the NHS and Local Authorities according to our ability to pay


support worker learning disabilities,
Comment date
20 March 2016
when David Cameron became prime minister I remember quite clearly
what he said in a speech, we will always protect the most vulnerable in
our society. I have always voted conservative but will never vote for them ever again as I am still shocked and find it hard to understand that
our country can treat our most vulnerable people as an expensive burden on us financially and that view is evidence in my opinion of how selfish some people in this country have become. Shocking as it may seem it`s true

Carl Brassey

Berwick Care
Comment date
23 February 2016
The plight of the care industry must be taken seriously. Over 55% of nursing/care homes we have spoken to believe that their business is under immediate short term risk of failure. If this came true the consequences would be dire for all areas of the care sector. More representation should be made to government ministers to support existing letters like the following:

Phill Wheatley

Approved mental health professional,
Wiltshire council
Comment date
09 November 2015
More and more people are breaking down mentally and it's not just our patients. The 10% rise in detentions under the mental health act say little of the greater rise in referrals. And the proposed alterations to the deprivation of liberty safeguards will mean more detentions under the mental health act. Including the right of one doctor to detain a patient for 28 days based on their report alone.

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