Posted on January 12, 2015

Calls for better social care to ease pressure on NHS

A social care group says that additional investment into social care would result in less pressure on NHS hospital services. Hospitals and A&E departments in particular are currently facing a crisis and the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) says that the political parties should be adding this issue to their manifestos for the next election. The group believes that by providing better social care, including domiciliary home care, less people will require the services of A&E departments. The chairman of the group, Mike Padgham, said that what is currently happening in hospitals is not a surprise and that those within the health and care services seem to be ignoring this obvious solution. A large number of older people are being cared for within hospitals rather than in their own homes or within residential care, where they could be looked after just as well. The cuts within social care mean that fewer people have access to services, which in turn means that they have to go to hospital if they need help. Some then return to hospital because they do not have the right care or support services when they are discharged. Funding for different forms of social care, such as domiciliary home care, would help the NHS to save money and free up hospital beds for emergency cases. Mr Padgham wants politicians to make this issue part of their campaigns for the next election to ensure that social care has the level of funding that it needs.
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