NHS chiefs’ so­cial care warn­ing

Daily Mail - - News - By So­phie Bor­land and Eleanor Hayward

NINE in ten NHS bosses are wor­ried that not enough money is be­ing poured into so­cial care, a sur­vey re­veals to­day.

Nearly half – 6 per cent – said they were very con­cerned about the lack of such in­vest­ment in their area.

Only 2 per cent were con­fi­dent that their lo­cal coun­cil was putting in enough fund­ing to meet care needs.

The sur­vey, by NHS Providers which rep­re­sents hos­pi­tal, am­bu­lance and com­mu­nity trusts, was com­pleted by 131 NHS chief ex­ec­u­tives and chair­men. The re­sults echo the con­cerns of Daily Mail read­ers. This pa­per will to­day hand a pe­ti­tion in at No 10 call­ing on the Prime Min­is­ter to end the so­cial care cri­sis.

We set up the pe­ti­tion in July to co­in­cide with the launch of a ma­jor cam­paign which ex­posed the state of the so­cial care sys­tem, with de­men­tia pa­tients among the hard­est hit. More than 356,000 read­ers have signed it and it is backed by Sir Michael Parkin­son and Dame Judi Dench among oth­ers.

NHS Providers chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Hop­son said: ‘The NHS faces rapidly ris­ing de­mand, se­vere work­force chal­lenges and the long­est, deep­est fund­ing squeeze in NHS his­tory.’

Labour health spokesman Jonathan Ash­worth said: ‘It’s a damn­ing in­dict­ment when NHS lead­ers run­ning hos­pi­tals don’t feel their trusts are prop­erly re­sourced with staff and in­vest­ment.’ Reader Sharon Mu­ranyi, 59, launched our pe­ti­tion af­ter sell­ing her 92-year-old fa­ther Fred Hick­man’s cot­tage to pay for his de­men­tia care this year.

Mrs Mu­ranyi will hand in the pe­ti­tion along with Mail jour­nal­ists and the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety Jeremy Hughes.

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