A Tsunami Heading for Social Care – Comment from Mike Wedgeworth
News that a national care home provider, with eight homes in Lancashire, is facing a cash crisis is one more indication that the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement could be disastrous for social care.
Four Seasons Health Care say they are being squeezed by a decline in fees paid by local councils and a rise in staff costs, likely to be exacerbated by the national living wage.
Meanwhile, Lancashire County Council says it is going to be near-impossible for it to meet the costs of transferring patients from Calderstones Hospital into the community.
It is good that the NHS budget is reasonably secure, but it is only part of the health and care system. The other part, largely funded by local government is anticipating swingeing cuts.
Recent regular visits to a specialist surgical ward in a Lancashire hospital revealed that many patients, some suffering from dementia were having to stay in costly NHS beds simply because there were no nursing or residential homes for them to go to.
So, Mr Chancellor, please do something about this. Please do not cut local government care spending to shreds. Please recognise that the health and well-being of the nation is in your hands.
– Mike Wedgeworth – Interim Chairman
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