Padgham backs call for cash to be ring-fenced
A regional care leader has backed a major call for millions of pounds to be ring-fenced to help vulnerable people. Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire), has supported a call for 0.5% of the NHS’s future budget to be earmarked for care.
That call has come from the Local Government Association (LGA) which says that figure – some £500m – would help some of the country’s most vulnerable people.
“This is something that I, and the ICG, have been arguing for for some time,” said Mr Padgham.
“The Government is able to ring-fence pockets of spending on other parts of the NHS and other sectors too – why won’t it do that for care?”
This month, through its Comprehensive Spending Review, the Government will announce how much local authorities will be able to spend on care in the coming three years and the LGA has warned that if local authorities do not, as feared, get any scope to increase spending on c