Tony Stein, chief executive of Healthcare Management Solutions, has written to new Prime Minister Liz Truss to ask her to ensure that reform of health and social care will be high on her agenda.
He details several ways to support the beleaguered sector in both the short and long-term including:
• Tackling energy inflation
• Centralised funding for social care
“Social care providers are under pressure with almost a perfect storm of significantly higher costs, squeezed fees and a lack of staff.
“There is only so long this can continue, and I implore the Prime Minister to grasp the bull by the horns and instigate some radical reform.
“Social care could help alleviate pressure on the NHS by freeing up beds, reducing bed blocking which is a major cause of long waiting times. This is just one benefit – there are many including the ability to care for our older people with dignity, not wondering how we are going to pay the energy bill to keep them warm.”
A copy of the full letter can be read below