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Government announces additional £240m for social careGovernment announces additional £240m for social care

Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will today announce an additional £240m for social care. The money is intended to avert a winter crisis in the NHS by reducing delayed discharges of people waiting for homecare or a place in residential or nursing care.

Colin Angel, Policy Director at UKHCA said,

"While this announcement of extra funding for social care is welcome, it fails to address the significant and sustained underfunding of vital care services. It is another short-term fix. Councils are not only struggling to provide social care to older people leaving hospital, but also to help working and older-aged adults to live independently.

"As we wait for the Government's Green Paper on social care, we continue to see homecare providers withdrawing from providing services to councils because the cost of delivering care is not covered. This situation will not improve with short-term injections of cash.

"If we want to see a confident and comprehensive homecare service which innovates and invests in the workforce to deliver quality care when it is needed, then a long-term sustainable plan for funding social care is essential."

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