SIA welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement on social care funding – now health funded care urgently needs investment
The Chancellor has declared in the Budget announcement today that an additional grant funding of £2bn will be given to social care in England over the next 3 years, with the first billion available in 2017/18 and a planned green paper on social care for later this year. SIA welcomes this news and the proposed focus on delayed transfers of care, which is a big issue in the care for spinal cord injured people.
We also welcome their stated commitment to the NHS, but urgent intervention is now also needed on the often forgotten NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC), which supports some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Michelle Howard, Chair at SIA says:
“Many seriously disabled people are totally dependent on this fund for their daily care needs and with almost a third of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) proposing significant and arbitrary cuts to this fund, many may be forced from a lifetime of independence to a lifetime of care.
“For example, CCGs in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are proposing a massive £29 million (40%) cut to their CHC budget. In order to achieve funding cuts of this magnitude, cuts in care will inevitably happen, resulting in unsafe care or even people being coerced in to living in residential care. This cannot be allowed to happen.”
The budget is only the beginning and the government must act quickly on longer-term reforms.