Report warns social care in England faces £1bn funding gap by 2015

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1724
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Social care services provided by local authorities in England are facing a funding gap of more than £1bn (€1.15bn; $1.6bn) by 2015, based on current funding and estimates of need, says a report that warns of major repercussions for the NHS.

The report, developed by the health policy think tank the King’s Fund, argues that cuts to frontline social care services will mean fewer people receive the support they need, resulting in more emergency hospital admissions, delayed discharges, and longer waiting times for hospital appointments. It suggests that the solution is a single national settlement for health and social care, and …

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