Social care needs a new plan and more cash to stop this crisis sinking the NHS
Last week the NHS released its latest monthly statistics on the number of patients facing delays in their transfers to care services. They make for grim reading. They show that higher demand for adult social care and pressure on local authority social care budgets is seriously affecting NHS performance, and threatens the overall sustainability of the health and social care systems.
With the NHS seemingly facing one of the biggest crises in two decades, solving this social care crisis has become a critical political problem for the government.
There is no getting away from the fact that more and sustainable funding for social care is urgently needed. But even when the government finds the cash this isn’t going to be enough to turn this problem around. Britain’s social care system will also need radical workforce and industrial strategies to halt the crisis.