An article published in the Health Service Journal in late February suggests that the Government will ask the Care Quality Commission to oversee use of additional funds for care, expected to be announced in the March budget.
Although a government source is reported to have said the plans were ‘speculation’, several sources with knowledge of the plans said talks were taking place between the Treasury, Department of Health and the CQC.
Sources with knowledge of the talks are reported to have said the CQC would be tasked by ministers with inspecting how councils use the money. The intention is to provide assurance to the Treasury that the money will deliver measurable improvements – both for social care users, and to the NHS, by helping to reduce delayed transfers out of hospital. The plans are expected to be announced when the Government delivers … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Despite increased media attention, social care remains a low priority issue in the mind of the general public.
Last week, in the latest ‘Issues Index’ published by IpsosMori and the Economist, British people ranked social care and an ageing population ninth in their list of concerns, overshadowed by Brexit, immigration, the economy, housing, unemployment, education, poverty and inequality.
Concern about the NHS came top of the poll, so are we to conclude that wider society is content for the needs of the relatively few elderly people who cannot pay their own way to be ignored, provided that we have a sufficiency of A&Es and maternity units?
I think that’s how government sees it; that spernding more public money on social care to reduce ‘bed blocking’ may not be a panacea for the NHS and that asset-poor elderly people … Read More »
Despite increasing media attention social care ranks only as the ninth matter for concern in people’s minds, according to the latest Ipsos MORI/Economist Issues Index.
The poll shows increasing public concern with the NHS, with almost half (49%) of the British public considering it to be one of the biggest issues facing Britain. Concern has risen nine percentage points since December, and is now at the highest level recorded since April 2003.
After the NHS the public rank the following as issues of major concern (in descending priority):
Ageing population/social care