Dalton: spending plans are ‘unrealistic’
In response to the CQC State of Care report released in October, Stephen Dalton, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said the report showed that the NHS was being stretched to the limit, especially after additional pressure caused by ongoing cuts to social care, mental health and public health.
Mr Dalton said CQC had found that patient safety was the greatest area of improvement in providers re-inspected by the CQC after being initially rated as inadequate but while successive Governments had protected NHS funding, social care funding was not keeping pace, leading to extra demands on the NHS, which it is ill-equipped to meet.
“Public spending plans are becoming less realistic by the day and it’s crucial that the upcoming Autumn Spending Review addresses this crisis. Relying on a political rhetoric that promises to protect the NHS, but fails to acknowledge that a cut in social care results in a cost to the NHS, is an economic deception.
“A major concern is the sustainability of social care provision. The CQC report exposes that one consequence of cuts to social care is a “race to the bottom” when awarding contracts to care providers. This means contracts are being handed back and providers withdrawing from this market.”