Social care funding and the NHS: An impending crisis? – The King’s Fund – 17 March 2011

Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Social Work | Tags: |

Social care funding and the NHS: An impending crisis? – The King’s Fund – 17 March 2011

ISBN: 978 1 85717 612 4

“Summary

The impact of funding cuts to the NHS has been widely reported and discussed, but less attention has been given to social care – and, most importantly, to the inter-relationships of health and social care.

Social care funding has increased in real terms for the past decade, but there has been considerable variation in how that funding has been spent – in part because spending on social care is handled by local councils, whose circumstances vary. The wide geographical variations in cost and performance across a number of measures – for example, emergency hospital admissions, delayed transfers – reflect different relationships between health and social care. The government has pledged to facilitate closer integration so that people can receive a more joined-up service.”  …continues on the site

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