The justice secretary says social care must be properly funded but declines to “speculate” on plans.
I completely agree that Social care should be properly funded and I would say, totally funded, but there is a problems, one of many.
Currently, is there sufficient funding to be funding back to 2010 levels which is around £10 billion, I fear not.
Then, it was not sufficient to provide all the Social Care required, as directed by the Assessments of Needs done in 2010 and funding has dropped considerably so many in need of Social Care or receiving no care or a bare, insufficient minimum.
But the problem is even deeper than that, as for many years Assessments of Need have not been sufficiently completed, as not all reasonable needs have been recorded, only those that the assessor felt would be funded. So, in affect, there is no written record of the total care needs that are required, even from 2010 and since then many more have not been recorded.
In fact, many in need of care have not been coming forward, until the situations reached a safeguarding situation and not even then, which has results in many persons suffering when they should not have been and for some the ultimate was the outcome, being deaths.
Any none covering of needs, will eventually cause even more demands on the NHS, so the continuous ignoring of the problems in Social Care has had dire effects on the NHS and will continue to do so for many years to come, even if sufficient funding is made immediately.
For Social Care can’t be looked on in isolation from health as they are so intermixed, lack of social care requiring more health involvement and with health continuing involvement as there is insufficient social care to allow discharges from health care. This causing many to be kept in hospital longer than should be or in some instances discharged before any social care has been organised, which in some respects could have caused some of the elderly discharges into Nursing Homes and the result being excess deaths from COVID-19.
To say this is now the 21st century, the complete lack of dealing with the Social Care crisis is in effect, bringing health and social care back to the 19th century or even earlier.
People in authority have to be brought to account, both currently and even more so, previously.
Funding is but one aspect, but there are many others, some being
a severe lack of people wishing to come to be employed in Social Care
Government interventions to severely restrict people wishing to come from outside the UK to work in Social Care
Abysmal rates of pay for the work undertaken and the responsibilities
Poor working conditions
In some instances the lack of dignity and respect by persons working in Social Care for the persons they are caring for
The lack of sufficient quality of care supervision by, not only, Care Providers but also the Statutory Authorities, which includes Local Authorities and CQC(Care Quality Commission) which has been shown in Winterbourne Scandal, and many more since.
Much needs to be done, but there is very little action being taken currently and this needs to change immediately, for it appears this Government are happy to see deaths to occur as this reduces the amount of persons needing to be looked after.
Source: National Insurance: Minister refuses to deny reports of tax hike for social care – BBC News