Responding to the latest delayed transfer of care figures published by NHS England today, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Today’s (Thursday 11th January) figures show that councils have continued to reduce the number of delayed days. This continued improvement is testament to the ongoing hard work by councils to get people out of hospital and living in their own homes and communities with the support they need in the right place and at the right time.
“Councils will continue to work closely with their NHS partners locally but the Government needs to recognise that delayed transfers of care are a symptom of pressures across the whole health and care system, not their cause.
“Tackling these underlying causes must be the priority. This year’s winter health crisis and the way councils are successfully using extra social care funding from the Government this year to reduce delays should incentivise government to now fully fund our social care system.
“It is clear that there cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable social care system. Social care needs to be put on an equal footing with the NHS and government needs to use the upcoming final Local Government Finance Settlement to address immediate pressures and the £2.3 billion funding gap facing social care by 2020.
“With the social care green paper months away, and subsequent legislation likely to take a long time before implementation, genuinely new money is urgently needed now to prevent social care breaching its tipping point and government needs to address this in the forthcoming final Local Government Finance Settlement.”
The latest delayed transfer of care figures for November 2017 are available here.