Intermediate care requires long-term government planning and funding

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Despite the announcement in early March that an extra £66 million is being put to intermediate care, at a recent meeting of the House of Commons select committee on health, the King¹s Fund advised that long-term reform needs to take place. The organisation said that if the NHS bed blocking crisis is to end, intermediate care must be planned properly. King¹s Fund director Janice Robinson said intermediate care was a long-term issue which needed long-term funding. “Local authorities, since 1993, have been driving down the cost of the prices they will pay for residential care. We are having a real capacity problem,” Ms Robinson said. Four Seasons Health Care, despite having established various contracts through its partnership programme, has supported the calls for more planned intermediate care arrangements. The company¹s chief executive Hamilton Anstead said the Government had to recognise that if its current NHS plan was to work effectively, bed blocking has to be eliminated. “To achieve that, intermediat

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