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To: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock
Solve the crisis in Social Care
Social Care is just as important as Health Care, but nothing is being done. For months or is it years a Green Paper on Social Care as been promised but not forthcoming, it is urgently required.
So is sufficient funding to ensure Social Care is there for all in need of social care.
Action is required now, as this is just as important as Brexit, if not more so.
Why is this important?
Just in Adult Social Care demand has increased by 1.6% since 2015-16, The Health Foundation report, 23 October 2018, https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/news/demand-for-adult-social-care-services-has-increased-by-16-since-2015-16.
This is not taking into account the demand for Children's Social Care and the increase in demand since 2018, but as stated in the report, 'At the same time, growth in government spending has only seen a 0.4% increase in real terms and the 10,670 fewer people received long term social care support', effectively a substancial decrease in funding. This will and is having an impact on health care services and adds to the health funding crisis.
Until all social care is sufficiently funded for children and adults, be they elderly, disabled, or in poor health, health services will be substancially affected and health funding will need to be increased to compensate, to some degree, for the substancial underfunding of social care.
It is not only causing distress and concern for persons in need of care, but also affecting their families, whose own health will be deteriorating due to the lack of Social Care and who in time will also need social and health care
I am a Family Carer and can see this happening for a considerable number of years for my own adult disabled daughter and how it has affected my own health and that of my wife.
But funding is but one element of the Social Care Crisis, as good quality care is also a casualty, not only due to the increasing demand for social care, but the substancial lack of persons wishing to enter the caring profession.
Here the lack of a wage/salary which matches the resonsibilies, which need to be undertaken, the length of shifts, the amount of unsocial hours, the care required in relation to the degree of disability and need and others.
Austerity cuts to local authorities are partly to blame for some areas of this crisis, which has impacted on the funding available for social care, where the need is increasing, the lack of workers in social care and the increases to the National Living Wage.
These problems relate to the whole area of care, be it in relation to Care and Nursing Homes, Supported Living , or Home Care.