Responding to a report by Age UK on delayed transfers of care attributable to social care and the need to put adult social care on a sustainable financial footing, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“No council wants to see someone stay in hospital for a day longer than necessary.
“Our own analysis show that thanks to the hard work of councils’ social care teams, the NHS has seen delayed transfers of care attributable to social care fall by more than half a million over the past two years.
“This is clear evidence of the human value of investing in the social care services which support millions of people every day and the vital role it can play in alleviating pressure on the health service.
“The next government needs to bring forward substantive proposals for the future of adult social care as soon as possible, to reassure all those who use and work in this vital service.
“We also need an honest debate about what the future of care and support should be and how it should be funded in the long-term.