What the NHS needs to see from the social care green paper

14 / 06 / 2018

Social care is in crisis and in need of urgent reform. This briefing lays out ten key issues the NHS Confederation and its members ask the government to consider in the social care green paper and when reshaping the care system.

Key points

  • While additional investment in the care system over the past few years has been welcome, it remains fundamentally underfunded. The promised green paper on social care offers an opportunity for the government to set out proposals for how to address this crisis in the long term.
  • NHS Confederation members are clear that challenges in social care have major impacts on the health service and its prospects for transformation and integration. Any attempt to reform social care must take into account the views of leaders from across health and care.
  • The prospect of reform for social care has been raised many times over the last decade. The government must use this opportunity to set out a path for reform without further delay.
  • The NHS Confederation is committed to working with government and all those with an interest in this area to make sure the adult social care system is sustainable and fit for the future.

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