Responding to new analysis from NHS England and the Health Foundation on emergency hospital admissions data from care homes, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“It is vitally important that care home staff continue to be trained and supported to make the right decisions for their residents. Councils are working with local care homes providers and the NHS to ensure that this remains the case.
“However, care staff recruitment, retainment and training requires essential resources and investment, which is further hampered by high turnover and low wages in the social care market.
“This needs to be addressed as part of the much-delayed social care green paper, which we are calling on government to publish by the time the party conferences start.
“Adult social care faces a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025 and public health budgets have seen cuts of £700 million over the last five years. If we are to help reduce emergency hospital admissions, this also needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency by the new Prime Minister in the upcoming Spending Review.