King’s Fund says Government should act now

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

Major reform of social care funding for older people is needed over the next five to ten years, but that should not prevent action being taken now to improve the care of older people, said the King’s Fund in response to the JRF report on long term care funding. King’s Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said there was growing consensus that the current means-testing system is not working well and most agree this will take some time to put right. “But Joseph Rowntree Foundation are also right to call for more immediate action to improve the lives of older people and their carers today,” said Mr Dickson. “Sir Derek Wanless’ review found very serious shortcomings in social care provision and funding arrangements and it’s clear that if more people are to receive care fairly and cost-effectively, then there should be more ambition in the outcomes sought for social care. The existing system is neither effective or fair. That’s why scrapping the means-tested funding system and moving to a more univers

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