Public Health

04.07.19

Peers call for NHS-style free social care system and an extra £8bn to tackle funding crisis

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has challenged the two Tory leadership candidates to create an NHS-style free service in response to rapidly rising demand in social care.

Peers including former Conservative and Labour chancellors have called for an immediate £8bn investment in social care, to tackle the “national scandal” which left 1.4 million older people with unmet care needs last year.

The report suggests introducing free personal care in an NHS-style format which, despite likely proving more expensive than alternatives, will reduce demand for residential care and health care and encourage people to seek home care earlier.

The demand posed by an ageing society has put a huge strain on local government and NHS resources in recent years, and the government is due to release its heavily delayed adult social care green paper later this year.

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, chairman of the committee, said: “Social care is severely underfunded. More than a million adults who need social care aren't receiving it, family and friends are being put under greater pressure to provide unpaid care, and the care workforce continues to be underpaid and undervalued.

READ MORE: Government must plug £3.6bn social care funding gap with tax rise, councils say

Lord Forsyth said the current system is “riddled with unfairness,” with someone suffering from dementia having to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds for care, whilst someone with cancer is treated for free.

“The reduction in social care funding has been greatest in the most deprived areas. And local authorities can't afford to pay care providers a fair price, forcing providers to choose whether to market to those people who fund their own care or risk going bankrupt.

“Fixing underfunding is not difficult. The government needs to spend £8bn now to return quality and access in the system to an acceptable standard.”

The committee’s report calls on the government to produce a White Paper with “clear and plausible proposals” for sustainable adult social care.

The free NHS-based is one proposal it wants included in the White Paper, and it suggests that individuals should receive funding for impaired basic activities of daily living, based on the minimum threshold of eligible needs as defined by the Care Act.

Accommodation and living costs would continue to be met by individuals.

In response, the Department of Health and Social Care said local councils had been given up to £3.9bn more dedicated funding for adult social scare this year, and that it will set out plans to reform the social care system at the earliest opportunity.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust retains ‘Outstanding’ rating from CQC

16/08/2019UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust retains ‘Outstanding’ rating from CQC

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has once again been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors from the Care Quality Comm... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit medicines ‘express freight service’

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit medicines ‘express freight service’

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... more >
CQC rates Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust ‘Good’

14/08/2019CQC rates Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust ‘Good’

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has achieved a score of ‘Good’ following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). ... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

the scalpel's daily blog

Urology nurses are leading the way in adoption of prostate cancer biopsy technique

11/07/2019Urology nurses are leading the way in adoption of prostate cancer biopsy technique

Jonah Rusere, Advanced Nurse Practitioner for South East London Accountable Cancer Network, outlines an opportunity for urology nurses to make a difference to prostate cancer pathways. What is TRexit and why is it great news for prostate cancer patients all over the country? Let me explain. TRexit is the name given to a national... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >

health service focus

View all News