Government must get a grip on monumental social care challenge, says NHS Confederation

Niall Dickson

Responding to the publication of the Local Government Association’s One Year On: the LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing report, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:

"This important report proves just how vital it is to get a grip on this monumental challenge. If we don’t, millions of the most vulnerable and their family carers will continue to be neglected or abandoned by services which simply cannot cope.  
"A shameful lack of political movement compelled the Local Government Association to publish its own green paper and a year on, nothing has changed except that conditions continue to deteriorate for those in need and both health and care services come under even more pressure.
“Our research shows 76 per cent of MPs believe there is a crisis in social care – yet still nothing is done.
“Our fervent hope is that the new Prime Minister will recognise this as a priority and deliver the funding and reform needed – and that must start with the spending review.”

The NHS Confederation has set up a coalition of 15 national health organisations to make the case for a more sustainable social care system. To find out more about the Health for Care campaign, please visit

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