Unless something is done now on social care it can only get worse

Niall Dickson

Responding to Alzheimer’s Society’s data revealing emergency admissions for people with dementia up more than a third in five years, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“The system is not working and these figures reveal how it is letting down people with dementia and putting our hospitals under unnecessary and intolerable strain. Nearly every health leader we have surveyed says the social care crisis is harming patient care.
“The NHS and social care are sister services - when one does not work, the other suffers.
“Unless something is done now it can only get worse. The government has promised reform but unless we find an answer soon, backed up by long-term funding, this tragedy will go blighting the lives of affecting hundreds of thousands of people with dementia and their families.”

Notes to editors

  • The NHS Confederation leads Health for Care, a coalition of 15 national health organisations who have joined forces to make the case for a sustainable social care system, backed up by a long-term funding settlement.
  • Our report Fit for the future: how should the incoming government help the NHS? was based on the views on health leaders across England. It revealed nearly all (98%) of leaders share the view that the worsening social care crisis is having a damaging knock-on impact on the NHS and patient care. Every single respondent felt that like the NHS, the social care sector needs its own long-term plan and significant investment.

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