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Spending review takes £2bn from NHS to join up health and social care
Relieving the crisis in acute care
This week the Chancellor delivered his speech to announce the much anticipated 2013 spending review. Health and social care is a key beneficiary, receiving a big shot in the arm which many will welcome.
The Chancellor announced that £2 billion is being diverted from the NHS to provide a new budget of £3.8 billion which the health service will share with local councils to organise care homes and domiciliary care services.
A key motivation behind this is to relieve the pressure on acute care services. It is widely held that the crisis of A&E being over-run and hospital beds being blocked by elderly patients is due to insufficient social care provision.
Some see it as politically motivated
Political strategists give some context by making the observation that there are 96 weeks to go until the next general election. The 2013 spending review sets the budgets for the 2015-16 financial year. The changes kick in just 1 month before the electorate go to the polls.
Consequently the review is seen by some as a key tool for winning votes in segments of the electorate targeted by the Conservatives…
So is the £3.8 billion budget for joining up social care just cynical electioneering or change to help improve the quality of life for thousands of elderly people caught in the system? Perhaps only time will tell…
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