Sutherland: Government plans are only a short-term solution

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

Extra resources announced by the Government to meet the care needs of older people are welcome but “are likely to offer only a short-term and partial solution” according to Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland, chairman of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for Elderly People. Sir Stewart applauded the additional £1.4 billion for intermediate care and nursing care announced as part of the new NHS Plan. “These arrangements will ease the inequitable financial burden on those older people currently required to pay for the nursing care they receive in nursing homes – care which would be free in any other setting. They will save some individuals about £100 a week,” Sir Stewart said. “The planned funding for rehabilitation care in residential settings for some three months after discharge from hospital is also welcome. Flexible use of the extra resources could achieve a great deal, although models of care must be appropriate and skilled staff must be available.” But Sir Stewart added that it was unclear how these

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