LGA points to Audit Commission report and says Œcross charging flies in the face of common sense¹

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

In its opposition to the Government¹s plans to “cross charge” whereby local authorities would be fined when a patient¹s discharge from hospital is delayed, the Local Government Association (LGA) says its arguments are backed up by the findings of a recent Audit Commission report. The report ­ Integrated services for older people: building a whole system approach ­ concludes that better co-ordinated public services, focusing on helping older people stay independent, can only be achieved when different agencies work together as one system, and alongside older people themselves. “A fully comprehensive range of services needs to be provided, with as much emphasis on promoting independence as on helping older people out of hospital quickly,” the report says. Councillor Alison King, chair of the LGA social Services and health executive, said the Government¹s plan to implement cross charging “flies in the face of common sense and progress”. “I am not surprised the Audit Commission recognises that older people¹

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