NHS chiefs’ social care warning
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.