Responding to Age UK’s analysis, Nick Ville, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“97% of health leaders we surveyed in England believe that the social care crisis is having a damaging effect on the NHS and on patient care. This analysis from Age UK is further evidence of that.
“Creating a sustainable care system has to be a critical priority for the incoming Government. Like the NHS, it needs a long term plan and significant investment.
“Otherwise, people will continue to suffer by being left in hospitals at a time when services are busier than ever, waiting time standards are not being met and we have significant staffing gaps.”