Economic analysis of the financial sustainability of residential care home services in England suggests that care homes could – within five years – be underfunded by £1.1 billion per year. This raises worrying implications for future capacity relative to demand from an ageing population, and predictable knock-on consequences for the NHS.
Triggle, N. (2015). Social care: crisis talks with homes ‘on brink’. London: BBC Health News, November 19th 2015.
This relates to:
Crawford, E. [and] Read, C. (2015). The care collapse: the imminent crisis in residential care and its impact on the NHS. London: The ResPublica Trust (ResPublica), November 10th 2015.
Triggle, N. (2015). Is the care home market heading for a crash? London: BBC Health News, December 18th 2015.
Cross-Party Commission Broached
Former health ministers Stephen Dorrell, Alan Milburn and Norman Lamb have recommended cross-party commission be created to review the future of the NHS and social care in England; both systems face an “existential crisis” in the face of rising demand relative to funding and capacity.
Cross-party review ‘needed for health and care’. London: BBC Health News, January 6th 2016.
Charities urge Cameron to boost NHS and social care. London: BBC Health News, January 9th 2016.